On November 3rd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive anti-poaching bill. The Global Anti-Poaching Act represents a bipartisan effort to strengthen U.S. anti-poaching efforts at home and abroad. Domestically, the bill amends the RICO, Money Laundering, and Travel Acts by adding wildlife trafficking crimes to the list of predicate offenses. Globally, the bill authorizes the President and agencies to bolster foreign enforcement networks, establish new networks in lacking regions, and withhold financial assistance to countries determined to be major sources or consumers of wildlife trafficking products. Not only does the bill help curb the illegal killing of at-risk species, it also helps the U.S. and partner countries to counter terrorist organizations funded by poaching profits. The bill is currently before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
For more information, see:
Global Anti-Poaching Act, H.R. 2494, 114th Cong. (1st Sess. 2015).
Chloe Detrick, Anti-Poaching Bill passes House of Representatives, The Humane Society of the United States (Nov. 3, 2015), http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2015/11/anti-poaching-bill-passes-110315.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/