Reauthorize the END Wildlife Trafficking Act
UPDATE November 19, 2021: After failing to pass in 2020, the END Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2021 is now introduced in the House and Senate. The bill seeks to reauthorize a critical 2016 act that targets wildlife trafficking, which is set to expire in 2021. Add your name now – there is no time to waste.
Africa’s precious wildlife is counting on global cooperation to stop an illegal wildlife trade that 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. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill in 2021 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 and 2020, wildlife advocates like you stepped up to support this legislation. With this act set to expire in 2021, we need you to make your voice heard again and send this message: reauthorize the END Wildlife Trafficking Act.