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Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2016) – Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act (Measure 100) in Oregon, which prohibits the sale of parts and products of 12 types of imperiled wildlife in the state:
“Oregon followed the right trail passing the Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act. Elephants, rhinos and many other species are facing unprecedented poaching levels that are driving them towards extinction. These animals are being viciously killed to supply markets with products that no one needs or should deem to be of value.
By prohibiting the sale of these wildlife products, Oregon completes the 1,300-mile bulwark of West coast states against wildlife traffickers. Its neighbors to the north and south, California and Washington, both passed legislation last year to restrict the trade of endangered species products within their borders. Hawaii passed a similar ban earlier this year.
The more states that enact this kind of legislation, the fewer places wildlife can be smuggled and sold. The fewer places wildlife parts are sold, the less consumer demand is triggered, which in turn reduces poaching.
Thank you to the groups we worked with in Oregon and the hundreds of volunteers who made this possible.”
IFAW worked with Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal conservation groups both large and small to get Measure 100 on the ballot and passed by Oregon citizens. To learn more about IFAW’s efforts to stop wildlife trafficking, please visit: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/fighting-wildlife-trade
About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Will Visit Gabon, Kenya & South Africa to Advance International Fight Against Illegal Wildlife Trade to Protect World’s Iconic Species
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell this week will travel to Africa on a multi-country visit to Gabon, Kenya and South Africa to meet with government officials, non-governmental organizations and conservation leaders to continue the United States’ work to combat the illegal trade of wildlife products in the U.S. and abroad.
Secretary Jewell’s travel to Africa, which begins Thursday, January 21, and runs through the following week, follows her recent participation at the http://www.cop21paris.org/">21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, where she https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-discusses-combating-wildlife-trafficking-african-nations">met with senior officials from the countries of Gabon, Kenya and Namibia to discuss methods to combat wildlife trafficking in partnership with other consumer, transit and source countries.
Black markets in the U.S. and abroad are contributing to record high demand for wildlife products, which has a devastating impact on species such as elephants and rhinoceroses, pushing them into further decline and even near extinction. Criminal elements, including insurgent groups, are involved in poaching and transporting ivory and rhino horn across Africa.
African countries are major source countries for ivory, rhino horn and other illegally taken flora and fauna destined predominantly for markets in Asia. https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-meets-chinese-vice-premier-wang-yang-discuss-international-cooperation-combat">Secretary Jewell traveled to China and Vietnam last summer in a similar effort to further work to crack down on these black markets both at home and internationally.
This international outreach is part of President Obama’s https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nationalstrategywildlifetrafficking.pdf">National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking. The President’s http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/01/executive-order-combating-wildlife-trafficking">July 2013 Executive Order established an interagency Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking that is co-chaired by Secretary Jewell to develop and implement the strategy, as well as an Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. As stated in the President’s Executive Order, wildlife trafficking reduces the economic, social and environmental benefits of wildlife while generating billions of dollars in illicit revenues each year, contributing to an illegal economy, fueling instability and undermining security.
The https://ustr.gov/tpp/">Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, which is currently under public and congressional review, includes the strongest international commitments to fight the illegal trade in endangered species of any trade agreement in history. While Africa is not part of TPP, illicit wildlife parts and goods also pass through TPP waters, ports and countries. By increasing enforcement, enhancing information sharing and mandating action, the Obama Administration is helping cut off supplies of illegal ivory, rhino horn and other items and preventing poaching with the end goal saving Africa’s iconic species.