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First Pangolin Range States Meeting Co-hosted by Vietnam and the United States

June 24-26, 2015: Delegates from African and Asian pangolin range countries joined together for the first time to develop a unified conservation action plan to protect pangolins at the First Pangolin Range States Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam. The governments of Vietnam and the United States co-hosted the meeting, which was organized and facilitated by Humane Society International. Learn more at the Humane Society International press release and the USFWS pangolin webpage.

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U.S. to Destroy More than One Ton of Confiscated Ivory

June 18, 2015: On Friday, the Service, with wildlife and conservation partners, will publicly crush more than one ton of confiscated ivory in Times Square in downtown New York City. As with the first Ivory Crush in 2013, the event sends the message that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. The Crush will also educate people about the harm buying ivory can do and how they can help in the fight to save the elephants. Learn more.

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Service Commends China for Ivory Destruction

May 29, 2015: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service commends the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its destruction of more than 1400 pounds of illegal ivory in Beijing and for committing to the eventual phase-out of the processing and sale of ivory and ivory products. These actions underscore their commitment to halt the illegal wildlife trade and raise awareness within China and around the globe about a wildlife trafficking crisis that threatens the future of African elephants, rhinoceros, tigers, and a host of other species. Read the USFWS statement and view photos from the event. 

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CITES CoP17: Open Public Comment Period

May 11, 2015: The Service published a Federal Register notice requesting recommendations on resolutions, decisions, and agenda items for the United States to consider submitting for discussion at the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES to be held in South Africa in September 2016. Public comments will be accepted until July 10, 2015. For additional information or instructions on how to submit comments, please refer to the Federal Register notice.

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Strengthened Partnership to Prevent Extinctions from Islands

April 29, 2015: On the final day of the Trilateral Committee annual meeting, the Service strengthened its 17-year old partnership with the non-governmental organization Island Conservation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU promotes a coordinated approach to removing invasive alien species from islands - an action that can help prevent extinctions of iguanas, lizards, and a number of other species. Read more in a joint blog by Bryan Arroyo, the Service’s Assistant Director for International Affairs, and Gregg Howald, North American Regional Director for Island Conservation.

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