In response to today’s release of the Obama administration’s Implementation Plan for the US National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from WWF's Senior Vice President for Wildlife Conservation, Ginette Hemley:
“This action plan underscores the Administration’s commitment to ending the global wildlife crime crisis. The Task Force has designed a strong and unprecedented blueprint for concerted US action – one which other nations can draw from as they work with us to confront this problem.
“The President’s budget backs up this commitment with a call for new resources. Leaders from both parties in Congress are also working to provide the funding and authority that agencies need to tackle this crisis.
“The plan targets every aspect of the illegal trade chain: protecting wildlife populations where they live, disrupting trafficking routes, reducing consumer demand, and reinforcing America’s diplomatic leadership internationally and in trade negotiations. Now, a sustained effort from both governments and on-the-ground partners is needed to end this global crisis.”