Poaching and Terrorism: A National Security Challenge, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 22, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the April 22, 2015 hearing entitled "Poaching and Terrorism: A National Security Challenge," held before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Ted Poe: "Terrorist groups, such as Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, the LRA [Lord's Resistance Army], and others, are all involved in poaching. We do not know to what extent these groups are involved, how much money they make off of poaching, or their interactions with criminal and smuggling groups. We can't solve the problem if we don't understand it. The intelligence community needs to commit more resources to understand this problem. The Obama administration released a strategy to combat wildlife trafficking in 2014, February. It took another year to develop an implementation plan to execute the strategy. The strategy and the implementation plan are important steps in the right direction, but we need to do a whole lot more. […] We need to empower law enforcement. Right now a drug trafficker's profit is going to help a designated foreign terrorist organization, and our law enforcement can go after the drug trafficker regardless of whether or not there is a nexus back to the U.S. We now know wildlife trafficking money goes to help terrorists, like the drug money does. We should change U.S. Law so law enforcement can go after wildlife traffickers just like it can go after international drug traffickers. Strengthening law enforcement and reducing demand is a solution to this problem, but it will not be quick. If we don't act, terrorists will keep taxiing in big profits while driving elephants and rhinos into extinction. Meanwhile, they find money to further their terrorist enterprises throughout the world." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Judith Garber, Robert Dreher, and John Cruden.

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