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Obama Administration Releases New Proposal to Crack Down on Illegal Ivory Trafficking

Contact: Haley McKey, 202-772-0247, hmckey@defenders.org

Washington (July 25, 2015)– Today in Kenya President Obama announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will propose new regulations designed to shut down the importation and sale of illegal ivory within the United States. The United States is the world’s second largest market for poached and smuggled ivory and the new restrictions are designed to keep illegal ivory from blending in with legal commerce.

The following is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark:

“African elephants are being slaughtered at a stunning rate by poachers feeding a worldwide black market for ivory. Tragically, the United States is the second largest market for this illegal trade. With the publication of these proposed regulations on ivory, the Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have just taken a major step forward in cracking down on the sale of smuggled illegal ivory within this country. Defenders applauds this effort and will work closely with FWS to secure tough new restrictions on the sale of ivory. Ivory belongs to elephants and not on black market shelves.”


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