Illicit Trade in Wildlife is Focus of New Alliance, Upcoming Meeting
The U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance was recently established to bring together major companies, foundations and non-profit organizations to work with the U.S. government in efforts to reduce U.S. demand for illegal elephant ivory, rhino horn and other wildlife products. Among other things, this alliance will seek to mobilize companies to adopt best practices to ensure that their goods do not contain parts or products from illegal wildlife and that their goods and services are not being utilized by wildlife traffickers.
In related news, the Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C. This council provides advice on combating wildlife trafficking, including ways to reduce illicit trade and consumer demand for illegally traded wildlife, and the upcoming meeting will include an update on implementation of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.
The FWS is also accepting through Sept. 9 nominations for individuals to serve on this council. Members must include knowledgeable individuals from the private sector, former governmental officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and others who are in a position to provide expertise and support to the Task Force. No member of the council may be a federal employee, and federally registered lobbyists are ineligible to serve in an individual capacity.