Oversight Hearing - Assistance to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Committee on Appropriations, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 3, 2016   [open pdf - 645KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the February 3, 2016 hearing on "Assistance to Combat Wildlife Trafficking" held before the House Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Kay Granger: "The numbers are staggering. Over 120,000 African elephants were killed between 2010 and 2013. The current population is estimated at 400,000 to 600,000, down from 1.2 million in 1980. In South Africa, a record 1,215 rhinoceros were poached in 2014. Just seven years earlier, that number was 13. Last week, South Africa released numbers for 2015 that showed a small decrease for the first time since 2007, but we know that rhino poaching has increased substantially in neighboring countries. These are just two examples, but there are many other species that are suffering the same fate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William R. Brownfield and Eric G. Postel.

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