S. 27, Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement Act of 2015

Illegal wildlife trafficking is the fifth most lucrative criminal industry behind drugs, counterfeiting, humans, and oil.

Recently, a bipartisan bill, S. 27, Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement Act of 2015, was introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

What is a bill?

The “S.” in “S. 27” means this is a Senate bill in the United States Congress. For a bill to become law, it has to be passed by both the House and Senate and then signed by the President.

What does this bill propose?

S. 27 would increase the penalties for major wildlife trafficking violations against the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the African Elephant Conservation Act, and the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994. Violators would be subject to increased fines and years of imprisonment.

This anticrime bill would help authorities take the profits out of wildlife trafficking and shut down the international crime syndicates who are behind this trade. Funds generated from the penalties would be used for the benefit and conservation of impacted species.

Currently, wildlife crime is estimated to be worth between $7 – 10 billion annually to criminals.

Stop Wildlife Crime

image courtesy of WWF

Why should you care?

As the one species who can understand what is happening in the world and why it’s happening, protecting this earth and all the species on it is our responsibility.

By not protecting species who are being slaughtered, we are giving organized crime free reign, allowing them to take over certain areas of the world for their own bloody greed and use the money from trafficking to fund terrorist groups.

In other words, it’s not just about saving animals. It’s about keeping our world safe.

What can you do to help?

Show your support of S. 27. Visit World Wildlife Fund to send a letter to your state’s senator asking him or her to cosponsor this important bill.

To take action via World Wildlife Fund, click here:

Put an End to Wildlife Crime

Scroll down a bit to the third action, Put an End to Wildlife Crime. This will take you to a pre-written letter that will be sent to your state’s senator once you fill out your information.

Then, if you have an extra second, share the link on your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. The more people we can mobilize to stand up for endangered species, the better.

Stop Wildlife Crime

STAMP OUT WILDLIFE CRIME!

Together, we can stamp out wildlife crime.

 

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22 thoughts on “S. 27, Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement Act of 2015

  1. It’s my understanding that many traffickers are involved in multiple types of operations (e.g., drugs and wildlife trafficking). So strengthening the wildlife trafficking laws could also help curtail other areas of illicit activity. Let’s hope the bipartisan nature of the sponsorship will help get it through the Senate and then through the House.

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    • Organized crime is behind most of it, and because they have enough money to bribe judges, law enforcement, guards, and civilians, not to mention buy the best weaponry and equipment available — they are gaining control in some of the most remote areas of Asia and Africa. Of course, it’s these remote areas that the most vulnerable species live.

      I really hope people in this country care enough to speak up and let their senators know we need this bill to pass.

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  2. Thanks for passing the info along. Sounds like an important bill. Like JM said, lets hope our Congress can work together and get it passed. It seems these days, the two sides can’t agree on anything.

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    • I was thrilled to learn that this is a bipartisan bill. For once! That sense of teamwork should show everyone else that this is an issue that affects everyone equally. I really hope we pull together and get this bill passed into law.

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  3. Thanks for passing the information along. I live in California and had not heard a work about Senator Feinstein’s bill. She needs to get more press about it!

    How are you, Kate!?

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    • Robin, where have you been?! I’ve missed you and your fun-loving posts. I hope all is well with you, my dear.

      That’s terrible that Senator Feinstein’s bill isn’t well-known. Maybe I should pay her a visit. What do you think?

      So glad you stopped by. Don’t be a stranger!

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      • Well, I have finished (YEAH!) my manuscript and am now figuring out what to do with it. And we have been traveling a ton. And I ran out of things to say! Shocking, right? I’m never at a loss for words. I can blather on about just about anything. I’m getting my mojo back tho! It is fun to reconnect with folks. How is your mom doing?

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      • Congrats on your ms, that’s a big deal! I took a bit of time away from blogging as it began to feel too much like a duty. I’m just starting back into it myself. My mom is ok. She was hospitalized again this past weekend, and now she’s in rehab in an effort to get stronger before she can go back home.

        How’s your family doing?

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  4. Thank you for sharing this information, Kate. It sounds like a great bill and I really hope it gets passed. When I read about the trafficking that goes on and the increasing animals and ecosystems being endangered, it frightens me.

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    • This is one of those things that gets me so angry I could scream. I don’t understand how those who maul these animals can live with themselves. This bill is the right step in the right direction. I hope many people contact their senators to tell them they are in favor of it being passed.

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    • I agree, Kourtney. People who do this type of thing aren’t conscientious enough to stop at just killing animals. They are people who are dangerous across the board. We have to take action.

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