OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED REVISIONS
TO RULE 4(d) FOR THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT
50 CFR Part 17
The Fish and Wildlife Service includes the following statement in reviewing the regulatory background revising the rule for the African elephant:
“In November 2013, the Service destroyed nearly six tons of contraband African and Asian elephant ivory that had been either seized at U.S. ports or as part of law enforcement investigations over the past 25 years for violation of wildlife laws.”
Nowhere in the long preamble to the proposed rule change has the Service offered any evidence that the ivory crushed had been tested or professionally examined to determine that all six tons destroyed were, in fact, African elephant ivory (Loxodonta Africana). Does the Service really pretend that no legal ivory from walruses, boars, warthogs, mammoths or mastodons had been confiscated in the 25 years?
Put another way, how can the Service be trusted to …………… READ FULL ARTICLE