Reauthorize the END Wildlife Trafficking Act
Africa’s precious wildlife is counting on global cooperation to stop an illegal wildlife trade which threatens their existence. In 2016, the United States passed the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act, which focused on improving law enforcement, governance, and community-based conservation, as well as reducing demand for endangered species and products made from them. Since its passage, this act has been vital in bolstering wildlife law enforcement and reducing demand for illegal wildlife products. U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced a bill on October 22 to reauthorize key elements of this vital legislation, especially the activities of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking. If Congress fails to maintain their support for global anti-trafficking efforts, the world’s precious wildlife will pay the price.
With continued seizures of wildlife products amid the pandemic, we can’t afford to take our eyes off this legislation. In 2016, wildlife advocates like you stepped up to support this legislation. A lot is going on in the Senate right now, but we need you to make your voice heard again and send this message: reauthorize the END Wildlife Trafficking Act.