December 23, 2022
WASHINGTON DC – US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), as well as Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) announced that their bipartisan the Elimination, Incapacitation and Disruption (END) Wildlife Trafficking Reauthorization and Enhancement Act was enacted in fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This The legislation is designed to combat international wildlife trafficking and strengthen inter-agency efforts to tackle the problem. Specifically, their legislation would reauthorize the END Wildlife Trafficking Act, which was signed into law in 2016, as well as expanding the functions of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and related reporting on top wildlife trafficking countries.
“I am pleased that this essential legislation to help combat wildlife trafficking has now been enacted,” said Senator Portman. “Wildlife trafficking is not only a matter of conservation, but also of national security and international stability, as the billions in profits from the illegal wildlife trade are used to fund other illicit and terrorist activities. . I look forward to this legislation, which will reauthorize and strengthen the Presidential Wildlife Trafficking Task Force, enhancing the tools available to the U.S. government to help combat wildlife trafficking around the world.
“The Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking has done a remarkable job, but the threats posed by poaching and wildlife trafficking are constantly evolving. The reauthorization of the END Wildlife Trafficking Act will give the task force enhanced tools to help combat this crime. I am proud to reauthorize this vital program as this bipartisan bill becomes law,” said Senator Coons.
Wildlife trafficking is a major threat to the conservation of endangered species and has also been linked to other transnational organized criminal activities, including the trafficking of drugs, arms and people. Since its enactment in 2016, the END Wildlife Trafficking Act helped the Stop members of wildlife trafficking networks and supported inter-agency efforts to tackle the problem globally through national and regional initiatives.
The text of this legislation can be found in NDAA Section 5943, available here.