“Eliminate, Neutralize, And Disrupt” The Richardson Center Hails US Senate Decision On Wildlife Trafficking

Wildlife activists and conservationists can rejoice that they now have an anti-trafficking law with teeth. The Richardson Center applauds the bi-partisan action last night by the US Senate to pass HR 2494, the “Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act (END).” This bill finally delivers the tools and resources needed to effectively fight the global poaching crisis that threatens so many wildlife species with extinction– including elephants, rhinoceros, lions, tigers, and chimpanzees.

The END Wildlife Trafficking Act will help the US partner with African nations to support anti-poaching measures with more sophisticated weapons – including drones, technology, and DNA testing, foster increased cooperation and communication among nations, and reduce the profit margins for wildlife poachers.

The Richardson Center has been active in wildlife initiatives in Africa, conducting extensive training sessions in Kenya to bolster “asset forfeiture” efforts to combat the ivory trade menacing the Kenyan elephant population, and partnering with The Humane Society to protect endangered chimpanzees in Liberia.