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National Parks, Forests, and Public LandsCommittee on Natural ResourcesIntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
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African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act
To amend the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988 to conserve elephants while appropriately regulating ivory in the United States, and for other purposes.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.