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house Bill H.R. 226

African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act

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      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

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Title

African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act

Official Title

To amend the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988 to conserve elephants while appropriately regulating ivory in the United States, and for other purposes.

Summary

African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act This bill reauthorizes the African Elephant Conservation Act (AECA) through FY2022. Ivory may be imported or exported under the AECA and the Endangered Species Act of 1973 if: (1) the raw ivory or worked ivory is solely for a museum; (2) the raw ivory or worked ivory was lawfully importable into the United States on February 24, 2014, regardless of when it was acquired; or (3) the worked ivory was previously lawfully possessed in the United States. The Department of the Interior may station one U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officer in the primary U.S. diplomatic or consular post in each African country that has significant population of African elephants to assist local wildlife rangers in protecting the elephants and facilitating the apprehension of individuals who illegally kill them or assist in killing them. The President may embargo any products from a country if it is a significant transit or destination point for illegal ivory trade. This bill authorizes: (1) commerce in African elephant ivory or in products containing African elephant ivory that have been lawfully imported or crafted in the United States; and (2) the importation of a sport-hunted African elephant trophy if the trophy was taken from certain elephants populations that at the time were not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may have become so unless trade was closely controlled.
    We need to lead by example in protecting animals from poaching.
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    Please, animal lovers, read the description. This life-revoking bill plans to re-legalize the import and export of ivory! Anyone with at least half a brain would know this means more elephants are to die, and for an already endangered species this bill could mean their end!
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    This bill has a very deceptive title. Please do not open loopholes for the import of ivory as there is no great way to determine when the ivory was sourced, thus leading to the continuance of poaching of these precious, intelligent creatures. While the bill appears to extend some resources for the protection of elephant wildlife by posting officers at US embassies, this overall does not prevent ivory production.
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    Any trade in Ivory, legal and illegal, increases the rate of illegal poaching and trafficking. Vote Nay!
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    This bill is outrageous. The animals need to be protected - period. The loopholes must be removed.
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    This bill reads good, but has more loopholes than a kitchen colander. Almost daily we read stories of elephants being slaughtered by ivory poachers. Placing a wildlife officer in a animal preserve sounds like finding drug bandits in the U.S. southwest. So, maybe this bill is a good idea, but it feels like there are hidden motives or someone seeking adulation. Public hanging of poachers sounds appropriate for killing elephants or 10 years for possessing firearm on public animal reserve.
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    It both extends protections but also creates loopholes for importing ivory to the US. Very conflicted about this bill, please clean it up!
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    Elephants are amazing, sentient beings! Ivory should be illegal and not allowed to be brought into our country!
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    We need to close, not open, loopholes.
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    Read the bill! This is not a move to protect the African Elephant!!
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    Read the "yay" comments - it sounds like they misunderstood the bill because most are saying to save and protect wildlife and that's not what this bill does. Please consider that misunderstanding when "tallying" votes or deciding what to do.
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    Protect elephants! Vote no
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    Respect the earth and all it's creatures. The world does not belong to us. We are only borrowing it from future generations. Vote against this bill.
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    Stop the lying! How dare you try to trick the public this bill allows the user of Ivory! No way!!!
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    Really...what other trophy animals will be next? A pride of lions for the annual dental convention?
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    Legal ivory equals dead (and soon extinct!) African Elephants. Vote NO!!
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    Ivory belongs to elephants. Buying and trading ivory is genocide for the entire species and ivory is used to fund terrorist. Stop all trade now!
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    Clean up this bill! Make it a true protection of our endangered species!!!!!
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    We need to protect wildlife.
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    Please protect our elephants from poachers that only want the ivory. We must protect them and imprison anyone who breaks this law.
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