In response to House Resolution 1177, which recognizes the need for China to maintain its ban on rhinoceros and tiger parts, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Leigh Henry, Director, Wildlife Policy:
“WWF commends Rep. McCaul (R-Tex.) and his bipartisan cosponsors for introducing this resolution, which calls on China to maintain its ban on trade in rhino and tiger parts and phase out its tiger and rhino farms. It also calls for continued support of U.S. efforts to help save these species in the wild, including international conservation and law enforcement programs at the State Department, USAID, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"Wildlife trafficking is now a multibillion-dollar crime that is devastating populations of these and other species around the globe. Countries need to be doing all they can to shut down this illicit trade and reduce demand for illegal wildlife products, not rolling back existing protections. By passing this resolution, Congress can send a strong signal and reaffirm U.S. leadership on this issue.”