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Advocating for International Species

Pushing for Stronger Laws

Pushing for Stronger Laws

Defenders actively works with Congress and states to implement stronger laws to protect wildlife in the U.S., and enforce harsher penalties for those who commit wildlife crimes. We also advocate for greater support of law enforcement agencies that uphold these laws, and adequate funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies to employ more wildlife inspectors and special agents at key ports to stop illegal wildlife shipments from entering and exiting the country. When products are clearly tied to the decline of entire species, like elephant ivory and shark fins, we work with activists across the country to enact state-level bans to ensure those items don’t enter the U.S.