AWF Newsletter October 2016
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END Wildlife Trafficking Act Signed into Law

Nearly 30,000 of AWF’s passionate wildlife advocates sent messages to their U.S. Senators urging them to support the Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act, and on Oct. 7 President Barack Obama signed the critical conservation bill into law. The bipartisan END bill — which was championed by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) — affirms the U.S. government’s commitment to maintain leadership to prevent wildlife crime and disrupt transnational organized criminal networks. “[This] comes at a time when there is intensified resolve by the global community to stem the scourge of poaching and illicit trafficking of wildlife products,” said Jimmiel Mandima, African Wildlife Foundation’s director of program design and partner relations.

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Lions Left Behind

This year’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) upheld bans on ivory and rhino horn, but unfortunately Africa’s lions will remain vulnerable. The 182 member countries failed to reach agreement on a complete ban, instead compromising on banning trade in bones, teeth and claws. “Lions are in very serious decline and AWF deeply regrets the inability of the CITES conference to reach consensus to list them on Appendix I,” said Patrick Bergin, AWF CEO.

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AWF CEO speaks out against legal wildlife trade

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Discovering four giraffe species

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AWF canine aids in suspected trafficker arrest

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This famous tusker’s tale is one of survival

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Fun Fact

Cheetahs are the only cats that cannot retract their claws, an adaptation to help them maintain traction much like a soccer player’s cleats.

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