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In early November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to combat wildlife trafficking — one crucial step toward curbing the destructive practice that ruins lives and threatens security and economies around the world.
Conservation International (CI) supported passage of the Global Anti-Poaching Act — and empowered Human Nature readers to also take action.
After highlighting several surprising facts about the illegal wildlife trade, CI Editorial Director Bruno Vander Velde encouraged American readers to act: “The U.S. is actually poised to do something about this — and you can help.” With the opportunity to find their representative by address, readers were urged to make phone calls and send emails on behalf of the world’s wildlife — and people affected by the illegal trade.
All voices were heard: The Global Anti-Poaching Act now awaits review in the Senate.
Whether you spoke up or not, there are probably still a few things you don’t know about wildlife trafficking. Click here to read more.
Cassandra Kane is a staff writer for CI.
Cover image: Pangolin in Cambodia. Although large iconic species like elephants and rhinos get much of the attention focused on the illegal wildlife trade, pangolins are the most trafficked type of animal; their scales are thought to have medicinal properties. (© Peter Yuen/Animals in Photos)