Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking Named

The Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking will make recommendations to the Administration.
The Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking will make recommendations to the Administration. Photo by belgianchocolate via Wikimedia Commons

At an event held at the White House on September 9, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell named members of a new federal advisory council on wildlife trafficking.

Formed as a result of a President’s Executive Order issued in July, the council will advise the Secretary and members of the Presidential Task Force on wildlife trafficking. Comprised of private-sector leaders, nonprofit organizations, and former government officials, the Council will make recommendations to the Administration on wildlife trafficking and provide it with ongoing advice and assistance.

Members of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking are:

  • Judith McHale (Chair), President and Chief Executive Officer, Cane Investments, LLC
  • David Barron, Chairman of the Board, International Conservation Caucus Foundation
  • Patrick Bergin, Chief Executive Officer, African Wildlife Foundation
  • Tod Cohen, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Global Government Relations, eBay Inc.
  • David Hayes, Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Carter Roberts, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Wildlife Fund
  • Cristián Samper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • John Webb, Former Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section, Department of Justice

Alternates:

  • Crawford Allen, Senior Director, TRAFFIC
  • Stanley Asah, Assistant Professor, University of Washington
  • Marcus Asner, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Susan Lieberman, Former Director of the Global Species Program, WWF-International

The United States has also announced plans to destroy a six ton stockpile of confiscated ivory on October 8, 2013.


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