U.S. International Conservation Caucus Hearing: The Global Poaching Crisis





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Published on Nov 16, 2012

November 15, 2012

Co-Chaired by:
The Honorable Ed Royce
The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse

• On November 15th, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Senator [either write our both Representative and Senator or abbreviate both] Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), co-chairs of the International Conservation Caucus, held a bipartisan, bicameral caucus hearing to address the global poaching crisis.
• Poaching is financing terrorist and violent organizations, and increasingly brutal poaching operations are creating war zones between poachers and park rangers. Deteriorating governance in these areas is undermining stability and economies in the region and threatening U.S. interests.
• The hearing took place less than a week after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted an event titled "Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation: A Call to Action."
• Leaders of the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus are seeking to dovetail their activities with the State Department's by coordinating anti-poaching fact-finding and solutions in a bipartisan fashion with the Administration.
• Sen. Whitehouse noted: "While all responses to this issue are important, investigating and prosecuting wildlife crime is a particular responsibility of governments. The conservation community has played a key role... but they cannot combat militias or take down transnational crime."
• Park rangers are consistently outmatched by well-financed, well-armed poachers, and are in great need of government support to obtain equipment (guns, ammunition, trucks, fuel, night vision goggles), train, and share intelligence on poaching and wildlife trafficking activities with local law enforcement and military authorities.
• Unless the United States takes strong action to combat the illegal poaching and trade of wildlife, terrorist groups will be increasingly fortified with funding and safe havens in Africa from which to launch attacks against the United States and our global interests.

For more information, go to extended hearing summary:



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