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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Congressional Hearing on Wildlife Trade
On March 5 the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the impact of wildlife trade. You can read the transcripts of the meeting by visiting http://tinyurl.com/yu3pb9 and clicking on the names of the speakers. One speaker was Steve Galster, Director of Field Operations for Wildlife Alliance Thailand, a Clouded Leopard Project partner. He provided passionate testimony about the effects of organized illegal wildlife traffickers wrecking havoc on ecosystems throughout Asia, endangering wildlife officials, and making a mockery of wildlife protection laws. Steve advocates for the U.S. government taking a leading role in the fight against these international criminals by committing security resources and expertise to aid global law enforcement efforts. I strongly urge you to read his testimony and that of other experts for their views on combating these crimes against nature.

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