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Results from Monday’s White House Meeting

THANK SECRETARY JEWELL!!

As a result from Monday’s White House Meeting on Wildlife Trafficking:

She named eight members to the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. This group will develop a national strategy to work with international groups and governments to crackdown on trafficking.

She announced a plan to crush six tons of ivory seized over the years by the federal government. When countries destroy their ivory stockpiles, it eliminates opportunities for corruption and guarantees the ivory doesn’t land back on the black market.

She announced that wildlife trade is becoming part of our government’s official Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime. Adding wildlife trafficking under this umbrella means more resources to help dismantle the criminal organizations that drive poaching across Africa. African countries have everything to lose from the instability and economic disruption created by poaching. It threatens U.S. national security, too, as terrorists and armed militants use sales of blood ivory to finance their operations and fuel the organized illegal drug and arms trades.

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(Information shared from Wildlife Conservation Society)

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