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September
2016
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11:52 PM
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Congress Passes Bill to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 21, 2016

Congress Passes Bill to Fight Wildlife Trafficking

 
WASHINGTON (September 21, 2016) –  Congress has passed  and sent to the president for signature the bipartisan Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act (H.R. 2494), that addresses the illegal trade in endangered and threatened wildlife and their related products. The wildlife trafficking bill will ultimately help protect a wide variety of species, including exotic birds, elephants, rhinos and sharks. The legislation codifies a commitment by the United States to work through international partnerships with governments, local communities, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to stem the illegal trade in wildlife. 
 
Statement from President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Rappaport Clark:
 
“This bill is an important step forward in the fight to combat wildlife trafficking. The legislation helps address the serious threat wildlife trafficking poses to endangered species around the world and strengthens President Obama’s initiative to stop the illegal trade in wildlife in the United States. By elevating wildlife trafficking to a serious crime under U.S. law, increasing penalties for trafficking and giving law enforcement more tools to stop those involved with wildlife crime, H.R. 2494 helps create a brighter future for wildlife internationally.” 
 
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