Congress Sends WILD Act to President for Signature

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of conservation bills including the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act, which reauthorizes funding for wildlife conservation programs in developing countries and creates a new prize competition to spur innovative new approaches to prevent poaching and wildlife trafficking. The legislation was already passed by the U.S. Senate and now awaits the president’s signature. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Carter Roberts, president and CEO, in response to today’s vote:

“Today the House passed a package of conservation bills, including the WILD Act, which will protect wildlife globally and promote innovative solutions to conservation challenges. The WILD Act renews critical programs to protect rhinos, tigers, elephants, and other global species. It will also help catalyze innovative solutions to combat wildlife trafficking and improve wildlife conservation efforts. Today’s vote demonstrated a powerful bipartisan commitment to conservation both at home and abroad, and we urge the president to sign this legislation into law as soon as possible.”