Wednesday, February 12, 2014

White House Strategy on Traffic in Elephant Ivory

The White House has announced new measures to protect elephants by clamping down on trade in ivory. The announcement and links to the details are here.

Apparently, this is a preemptive announcement to show leadership on the issue in advance of an upcoming international meeting on the subject. On that front, the White House says:

At this week’s London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, we hope other countries will join us in taking ambitious action to combat wildlife trafficking.  In the coming months, we will take further steps to implement the National Strategy, and will work with the Congress to strengthen existing laws and adopt new ones to enhance our ability to address this global challenge.

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