U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Plan to Implement a Ban on the Commercial Trade in Elephant Ivory, Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, June 24, 2014   [open pdf - 9MB]

This testimony compilation is from the June 24, 2014 hearing, "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Plan to Implement a Ban on the Commercial Trade in Elephant Ivory" held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the opening statement of John Fleming: "Today, the Subcommittee will examine the Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) decision to establish a ban on the sale of elephant ivory, to suspend sport hunted trophies from two African countries and to arbitrarily limit the number of sport hunted trophies that Americans can legally import into the United States. It is clear that the rate of illegal killing that African elephants have experienced is tragic. So, I was pleased to read the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) June 13th press release that the number of elephants poached in 2013 decreased from the previous two years. According to the CITES Secretary-General 'We are seeing better law enforcement and demand-reduction efforts across multiple countries'. In order to stop this killing, the world community must work together to stop the flow of illegal ivory and to provide ivory producing nations with the resources they need to effectively arrest, imprison or kill the heavily armed and organized poachers. […] During the past six months, the Service has issued Director's Order 210, a revision to that order, and a promise to issue proposed final rules which will establish in the words of the Director a 'virtual ban' on the commercial sale of elephant ivory. Before establishing such a policy, it is usually important to understand the extent of the problem you are trying to fix. […] Today, we will hear from some of the industries who may be adversely affected by the upcoming proposed final rules. Hopefully, their suggestions and comments will be given serious consideration." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert G. Dreher, Itai Hilary Tendaupenyu, Ian Somerhalder, David J. Hayes, Jack Fields, Arian M. Sheets, Matthew Quinn, and Scott O'Grady.

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