Implementation of Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking to be Focus of April 15 Meeting
The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking will hold a public meeting April 15 in Washington, D.C., to discuss implementation of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking that the Obama administration announced in 2014. Interested persons may participate in person or via telephone, but those wishing to attend in person must register by April 8.
The national strategy establishes three priorities: strengthening domestic and global enforcement, reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife, and strengthening partnerships with international partners, local communities, non-governmental organizations, private industry and others. Strengthening enforcement will include efforts to toughen U.S. laws and import/export regulations prohibiting wildlife trafficking. Reducing the demand for illegally traded wildlife will require that the U.S. work at home and abroad to raise public awareness of wildlife trafficking and its negative impacts on species, the environment, security, food supplies, the economy and human health. The U.S. will also work to encourage partners to treat wildlife trafficking as a serious crime and strengthening the implementation of international agreements and arrangements that protect wildlife.