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WWF: House Legislation Ups Ante in Fight to Stop Wildlife Crime

In response to today’s introduction of H.R. 2494, the Global Anti-Poaching Act, by Rep. Ed Royce (R – Calif.) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D – N.Y.), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Vice President of U.S. Government Relations Todd Shelton:

“Passage of this legislation would represent a significant step forward in the fight against wildlife crime. Its introduction confirms that all parts of the US government are invested in ending the wildlife poaching crisis and recognizes that doing so requires new and improved approaches in both our domestic law enforcement and our foreign assistance programs.

“International wildlife trafficking has become a crime of low risk and high reward. This legislation recognizes wildlife trafficking as the serious crime that it is and provides federal agencies with the enhanced tools and penalties they need to protect some of the planet’s most threatened wildlife from criminals who traffic in them. It spotlights countries that fail to live up to their commitments to prevent illegal wildlife trade and supports professionalizing and better equipping the wildlife rangers who are on the front lines of the poaching crisis.

“World Wildlife Fund strongly supports H.R. 2494 and related legislation in the Senate, and encourages Congress to act expeditiously to consider these bills and pass them into law.”