Briefing Book

Wildlife Trafficking



NCEL Point of Contact

Logan Christian
Wildlife and Habitat Coordinator



Illegal ivory and rhino horn trafficking is an escalating global issue. Elephants and rhinos may soon be driven to extinction by poaching. The demand for elephant ivory and rhino horn, driven by China, Japan, the Philippines, the United States and other countries, has created a massive international market that has detrimental economic, social and environmental impacts in Africa. Poaching is now a sophisticated international crime racket and a national security threat with terrorist organizations using profits to finance attacks. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently instituted a near ban on ivory and rhino import and domestic interstate trade. But the states must regulate in-state sales. Many states have enacted or introduced a ban on ivory and rhino horn trades in their jurisdictions. This briefing book includes a fact sheet, an FAQ, and a matrix of bill provisions.


NCEL Resources

Online Resources

Wildlife Trafficking - NCEL

NCEL's Wildlife Trafficking website containing more relevant bills and resources.

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Facts on illegal wildlife trade - Humane Society International

An overview of the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade and the work being done to limit wildlife trafficking.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade - Wildlife Trafficking Alliance

A comprehensive introduction to the issue of the illegal wildlife trade.

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