Legislative Update: Foreign Boycotts, Wildlife Trade
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Foreign Boycotts. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (H.R. 5595, introduced Jan. 13 by Rep. Zeldin, R-N.Y.) would impose additional prohibitions relating to foreign boycotts against Israel under the Export Control Reform Act. Zeldin said this bill would protect U.S. companies from being coerced to provide information to international organizations for the purpose of furthering boycotts against Israel and hold individuals who attempt to violate this protection accountable.
Wildlife Trade. The Bear Protection Act (S. 3196, introduced Jan. 15 by Sen. Kennedy, R-La.) would impose criminal penalties for the importation, exportation, and interstate trade of bear viscera and items, products, or substances containing, or labeled or advertised as containing, bear viscera. Kennedy said this bill would also direct the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to continue discussions on protecting bears with certain countries, including those that are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora as well as others that are leading importers, exporters, or consumers of bear viscera.