Obama Issues Executive Order on Wildlife Trafficking
During his visit to Tanzania in July, President Obama brought up the issue of poaching, saying "The entire world has a stake in making sure that we preserve Africa's beauty for future generations."
More importantly, he issued an Executive Order that represents a major new initiative against wildlife trafficking.
Calling it an escalating international crisis, the Executive Order states that "it is in the national interest of the United States to combat wildlife trafficking," It directs a...
National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking and a Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking to be co-chaired by the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Interior, and the Attorney General (Co-Chairs), or their designees, who shall report to the President through the National Security Advisor.
"It's decimating the populations of some of Africa's iconic animals, including rhinoceros and elephants as well," said Grant Harris, the senior director for Africa on the National Security Council. "One thing we have been doing so far is raising the global profile of how bad this issue is," Mr. Harris said.
The State Department will provide $10 million for training and technical assistance to aide South Africa, Kenya and other nations, while the Interior Department will "enhance" regulations that address illegal trafficking, the White House said.