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Announcement of the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

February 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman issued the following statement following the White House’s unveiling of a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, which will strengthen U.S. leadership on this issue, including by strengthening domestic and global enforcement as well as international commitments and cooperation.

“USTR welcomes the completion of the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking.  Wildlife trafficking is a major global conservation concern that requires concerted effort to prevent further declines in the populations of iconic species such as elephants and rhinos,” said Ambassador Froman.  “USTR looks forward to playing an active role in efforts to combat wildlife trafficking.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) presents an important opportunity to advance our conservation efforts, including through groundbreaking U.S. proposals to combat wildlife trafficking, address illegal logging, and protect marine fisheries.” 

For more information on Environmental Protections in the TPP, please see our blog from January 15.