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U.S Trade Representative Fights Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

June 24, 2014


Service Repository Specialist Doni Sprague explains to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman how illegal wildlife products are cataloged and stored at the National Wildlife Property Repository. Credit:  USFWS
USFWS Repository Specialist Doni Sprague explains to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman how illegal wildlife products are cataloged and stored at the National Wildlife Property Repository. Credit: Steve Segin/USFWS.

DENVER—(June 23, 2014) U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman toured the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service National Wildlife Property Repository yesterday as part of a week-long visit to Colorado to discuss exports in the Centennial state.  The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has been actively working to combat wildlife trafficking.   “International wildlife trafficking poses a threat to national security because it involves criminal elements of all kinds, including some terrorist entities,” said Froman.

The United States is working to expand global efforts that will combat wildlife trafficking.  In February, the President approved a new National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking that seeks to strengthen domestic and global enforcement; reduce demand for illegally traded wildlife at home and abroad; and strengthen partnerships with international partners, local communities, NGO’s, private industry and others to combat illegal wildlife poaching and trade.

One goal of the USTR is to strengthen the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in an effort to combat wildlife trafficking.  Illegal international trafficking in wildlife has escalated in recent years, due to increased demand for items like rhino horn and elephant ivory in Asia.  “The Transpacific Partnership (TPP) is one place we are focusing our efforts to get the 12 member countries to reduce the demand for these products,” said Froman.  “If we can reduce the demand then we can further the conservation agenda as well as the national security agenda.”

The National Wildlife Property Repository is responsible for receiving wildlife items that have been forfeited or abandoned to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These items are stored in a secure environment, and disposed of in accordance with the law. Many of the items are donated to educational facilities, nonprofit organizations, and conservation agencies to aid in teaching about endangered species and other wildlife. Others items are sent to scientific institutions to be used in research to  better identify and/or protect the wildlife. The facility is a 22,000 square foot office and warehouse located northeast of Denver, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

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