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U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Ignores Biden’s Executive Order To Push To Restore Protections For Gray Wolves In The United States

President Biden recently ordered a broad review of the Trump administration’s wildlife policies, including the decision to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves. Unfathomably, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asserted that the previous administration’s decision to delist gray wolves was valid in a cursory, three-paragraph letter to conservation groups.

On January 20th, one of Biden’s first executive orders required agencies to conduct a review of actions taken by the previous administration in order to ensure that “the Federal Government must be guided by the best science and be protected by processes that ensure the integrity of Federal decision-making.” At the end of the review, all agencies were required to submit a report to the president with their recommendations on how to proceed.

Instead of complying with this process, the Fish and Wildlife Service claimed in a letter signed by Gary Frazer, assistant director for ecological services, that the Trump administration’s rule removing Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in the lower 48 states remains valid. Ridiculous!

“There is no way the Fish and Wildlife Service followed President Biden’s directive and completed its review in just five business days,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “It’s baffling that they went rogue by not even waiting until there was a new secretary of Interior to assess what happened under Trump. This is a slap in the face to the American public, who want scientific integrity restored to the government, and to ensure that wolves are protected until they’re recovered across this country.”

The Service removed federal protection from wolves in October 2020, despite deep concerns raised by the peer review of the decision. Independent scientists raised substantial concerns that wolves remained still functionally extinct in the vast majority of their former range across the continental United States.

Even before the Trump administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service routinely ranked among the worst agencies in terms of concerns about political interference undermining the scientific process. In a 2015 survey, 70% of Fish and Wildlife Service scientists stated that considerations of political interests in agency decisions were too high.

“President Biden has made clear that listening to the science will be the hallmark of his administration. It’s sad the Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t get the memo,” said Hartl. “We won’t be able to take on the extinction crisis or the climate crisis if federal agencies like the Fish and Wildlife Service feel free to routinely ignore science whenever it suits them.”

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Breaking! Veggie Grill Launches Más Veggies Taqueria In The United States; All Plant-Based Mexican Restaurant Featuring Beyond Meat

Más Veggies Taqueria, a new virtual concept by Veggie Grill, launched this week, marks the first national Mexican restaurant offering all plant-based and planet-friendly food for delivery only. The virtual taqueria features an innovative menu in partnership with plant-based leader Beyond Meat and offers a range of crave-worthy tacos, burritos, bowls, and nachos, made entirely without animal products.

“Meet the newest member of the Veggie Grill family, Más Veggies Taqueria. A plant-based taqueria that brings amazing, and conscious, Mexican food straight from our kitchens to your home,” notes a greeting on the Más Veggies Taqueria website. The new concept addresses the surging consumer demand for plant-based options and the current preference for convenient contactless delivery due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Kajsa Alger, Veggie Grill’s VP of Food and Beverage and former Corporate Chef at Border Grill and Ciudad restaurants, helped Más Veggies Taqueria develop the creative menu that will be sure to satisfy those who crave Mexican food with a delicious, healthy, and sustainable twist. Menu offerings include: Crispy Poblano Chickin’, Shredded Jackfruit Chipotle Carnitas, Cauliflower Asada, Savory Tex-Mex Taco Meat, and Crispy Baja Fish in the form of tacos, burritos, nachos, and bowls.

“Veggie Grill is the industry leader in plant-based restaurants and Más Veggies Taqueria is a natural next step for us to advance plant-based eating nationwide and bring a new and exciting experience straight to people’s doorsteps,” T.K. Pillan, Veggie Grill’s Co-founder, said in a statement. Pillan explained that while more Americans are now being mindful of how they live, eat, and care for the planet, there is a lack of dedicated plant-based Mexican offerings. “As restaurants nationwide remain closed or are operating with drastically reduced seating capacity for safety reasons, Veggie Grill also seized the opportunity to explore alternative ways to reach these conscious foodies. The virtual Más Veggies Taqueria helps accelerate the plant-based movement while leveraging existing Veggie Grill kitchens nationwide.”

Partnering with popular delivery platforms including Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub, Más Veggies Taqueria will run a delivery-only operation out of all Veggie Grill kitchens for lunch and dinner service, seven days a week. The virtual restaurants have launched in Hollywood, Pasadena, and Long Beach, in California, as well as Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, New York, and in Downtown Seattle, Washington. Other locations throughout Southern California, Portland, and Seattle will follow at the end of January.

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Taco Bell Goes ‘Beyond’ In New Partnership With Beyond Meat Bringing Plant-Based Options To The Fast-Food Chain In The United States

Taco Bell‘s CEO Mark King recently shared some delicious news for the new year in a video featuring King’s voice as a talking potato, teasing a new partnership with Beyond Meat.

In the video, King explains that Taco Bell had to simplify its menu last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic by eliminating their signature potatoes, but they will be available again beginning on March 11th. King also teased that Taco Bell will be going “above and beyond” in the new year.

“Taco Bell chose to team up with Beyond Meat as a category leader with a proven track record of attracting younger customers with its irresistibly delicious plant-based offerings,” the restaurant explained in a statement. “Although Taco Bell has long been a destination for vegetarians, this will be the brand’s first foray into plant-based meat in the United States.”

According to Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s Global Chief Food Innovation Officer, this year, the brand will have more meatless options in store for vegans, vegetarians, veggie-curious, and even meat-eaters.

The new partnership is an expansion of Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum Brands, which has a working relationship with Beyond Meat. As reported by WAN in December of last year, Beyond Meat also worked with Pizza Hut, which became the first national pizza chain to bring a plant-based meat pizza to the masses with the nationwide launch of new Beyond Pan Pizzas.

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New Lawsuit Aims To Ensure That The USFWS Provide Protection For The Last 300 Wolverines That Remain In The Contiguous United States

WildEarth Guardians, and a coalition of wildlife advocates, filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to deny protections for imperiled wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. This is the second time that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has prioritized politics over science for wolverines, which number only an estimated 300 in the contiguous United States.

The groups in the lawsuit defeated the Service in court in 2016, after the Service abruptly withdrew its proposed rule to list the wolverine population in the lower 48 states as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The court ordered the agency back to the drawing board with a directive to apply the best science in evaluating the protection needed for the wolverine. Four years later, the Service returned with the same decision to deny wolverine protective status, despite no new scientific support for such a determination.

The recent complaint aims to ensure the Service utilizes the best available science when making listing decisions, and to provide wolverines the protective status they desperately need and deserve.

“In the face of a clear biodiversity crisis and mass extinction event, imperiled species need swift and coordinated federal government protection now more than ever,” said Lindsay Larris, wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians, in a statement. “Wolverines, like so many other persecuted carnivores, remain imperiled according to clear scientific evidence. Relying upon piecemeal management by state wildlife agencies for wolverine survival, because of political pressure, is insufficient for recovery and contrary to both science and the law.”

In April 2016, a federal judge sided with conservation groups, agreeing that the Service’s August 2014 decision to not list wolverines as threatened was “arbitrary and capricious” and contrary to scientific literature. In a scathing opinion, the court clearly stated that “no greater level of certainty is needed to see the writing on the wall for this species standing squarely in the path of global climate change. It has taken us twenty years to get to this point. It is the court’s view that if there is one thing required of the Service under the ESA, it is to take action at the earliest possible, defensible point in time to protect against the loss of biodiversity within our reach as a nation. For the wolverine, that time is now.” 

“This is yet another chapter in this administration’s war on science,” said Matthew Bishop, an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, and legal counsel for the coalition. “Public records reveal that the Service decided not to protect wolverines from day one, and then worked backwards to figure out how to make the decision stick. It’s really unfortunate.”

Before its decisions to deny wolverines endangered species protections, the Service identified climate change, in conjunction with small population size, as the primary threat to the species’ existence in the contiguous United States.

The wolverine relies on snow year-round. With its large paws, it can travel easily over snow. Snow also works as a “freezer” that permits the wolverine to store and scavenge food. One study found that 98% of all wolverine dens are in places with persistent snowpack.

Published, peer-reviewed research, Society for Conservation Biologyshows that the majority of experts who reviewed the decision, and the Service’s own biologists all verified this finding.

“This is something we were really hoping to avoid after the court’s 2016 decision,” said Bishop. “I was cautiously optimistic that the Service would get it right this time and we would be focusing our time and energy on developing a conservation strategy, recovery plan, critical habitat, and possibly reintroduction efforts for wolverines. Instead, we’re back in court challenging an agency that continues to put politics over science.”

The coalition filing the lawsuit includes: WildEarth Guardians, Friends of the Bitterroot, Friends of the Wild Swan, Swan View Coalition, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, George Wuerthner, Footloose Montana, Native Ecosystems Council, Wildlands Network, Helena Hunters and Anglers Association. The coalition is represented by the Western Environmental Law Center.

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Breaking! Born Free USA Exposes Dire Situation Within The Horrific Fur Farming Industry In The United States

Today, Born Free USA published a new report on the fur farming industry in the United States. The new research titled Silent Suffering in Our Own Backyard: Fur Farming in the United States highlights serious failings in animal welfare regulations, oversight, and a negligent disregard for public health in light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in multiple fur farms in Utah, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

As per the report, despite many countries around the world banning the cruel practice of farming animals for the sole purpose of skinning them to use their pelts for clothing, the U.S. has fallen behind and has taken no progressive steps to protect animals from this miserable fate in more than a decade. Some states were found to have no regulations at all to provide even minimum protection for animals in fur farms, while others could not even tell Born Free researchers which of their departments of state had responsibility for fur farm oversight and governance.

“In addition to the significant animal suffering involved in fur farming, the fact that we are now seeing concrete evidence of fur farms as a source of COVID-19 during the ongoing global pandemic makes the call to end this cruel industry in the United States all the more urgent,” Angela Grimes, CEO of Born Free USA, said in a statement.There is absolutely no excuse to have fur in our closets in 2020, and the risk to animal welfare and public health absolutely cannot be justified for such a frivolous purpose as a fashion fad.”

Wearing animal fur as clothing has been steadily falling out of fashion for decades. As members of the public learned about the cruel conditions faced by animals on fur farms, they have turned their back on the practice in droves. A poll released in September 2020 confirmed that only one-in-four U.S. citizens are in favor of killing animals for their fur.

Concerns over cruelty and decreasing demand has resulted in many major fashion houses, including: Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada Group, and Versace implementing fur-free policies. They join designers such as: Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, and Vivienne Westwood, who are pioneering fur-free high fashion trends. Stores such as: H&M, Macy’s Inc., and Zara have also committed to going fur-free, while manufacturers such as Ecopel have filled the gap in the market left by the failing fur industry by creating high quality and sustainable fur substitutes.

Despite the industry downturn, fur farms still exist and millions of animals are still raised and killed globally; their lifeless bodies discarded and their skins used to make unnecessary coats, hats, or even trinkets. More than 85% of fur used in fashion is derived from animals in factory fur farms. Wisconsin is the leading mink producing state, generating more than one million pelts annually, followed by: Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Minnesota.

In 2018, there were an estimated 245 mink farms in 22 states producing 3.1 million animal pelts valued at $82.6 million dollars. These numbers only include mink farms; no publicly available records are kept for other species. As such, these figures do not include farms that breed animals like fox, bobcat, rabbit, and chinchilla, Therefore, the total number of lives taken far exceeds these figures.

Born Free is calling for an end to fur farming in the United States via the implementation of state-level bans on the practice. In the short-term, transparency regarding the location of existing farms and number of animals held by them is being demanded in the interests of animal welfare and public health.

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Breaking! A Lawsuit Filed Today Aims To Save An Estimated 300 Leopards Each Year From Being Imported Into The United States By Hunters As So-Called “Trophies”

Conservation and animal protection organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that authorize leopard trophy hunting imports from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia into the United States.

The United States is a major global importer of leopard “trophies.” On average, the country imports nearly 300 leopard “trophies,” which is 52% of all leopard trophies in trade each year. During the most recent five-year period for which data is available, the United States imported 1,037 leopard trophies from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia alone.

“Federal officials are dishing out leopard import permits right and left despite lacking the data to know how trophy hunting harms this highly imperiled species,” Tanya Sanerib, International Legal Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Regulations clearly require our government not to OK imports without adequate info about these beautiful big cats and all the ways humans are harming them.”

Leopards are vulnerable to extinction. Scientists believe that African leopard populations are plummeting due to habitat loss, prey depletion, persecution by people, poaching for the illegal skin trade, and unsustainable trophy hunting. The actual rate of leopard decline remains largely unknown, and most nations lack population estimates.

Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES),the leopard trade is permissible only under exceptional circumstances. Nevertheless, bowing to politics and diplomatic negotiations, parties to the international treaty recently sustained unjustifiably high quotas or caps on the number of leopards that can be traded annually as so-called “trophies.”

The lawsuit challenges the Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to meet this obligation by authorizing U.S. trophy hunters to import leopard trophies from Africa. The hunters rely on these decisions when traveling to Africa to hunt this beautiful species. Due to travel restrictions and COVID-19 risks, fewer hunters are traveling to Africa, meaning the leopards covered by the challenged import authorizations are likely still alive and could still be saved from import.

Today, the organizations also gave the Fish and Wildlife Service notice of their intent to sue over the agency’s failure to make a 12-month finding on their 2016 petition to list all leopards as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act.

Most leopard populations in Africa are currently listed as “threatened” and are not given the law’s full range of protections. Furthermore, an endangered listing would increase transparency and give the public the ability to comment on trophy import applications. That petition also requested that the agency take immediate action to apply a stricter standard to the import of leopards as “trophies.”

WAN and Peace 4 Animals believe that leopards should be protected without question under the Endangered Species Act, and all trophy hunting imports into the United States should be banned indefinitely,” stated the organizations. “If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and CITIES do not step up to help this imperiled species, we might lose them to extinction in the near future.”

The Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, the Humane Society of the United States, and a South Africa-based photographic safari operator filed the lawsuit.

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U.S. Senator Cory Booker Introduces Important Bill To Shut Down Wildlife Markets Which Threaten Public Health In The United States

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Beyond Meat Launches Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links In Grocery Stores Throughout The United States Beginning This Month

Yesterday, Beyond Meat announced the addition of Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links to its line of innovative and delicious plant-based meat offerings. Designed to deliver the same taste and texture as pork-based links, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links have no GMOs, bioengineered ingredients, synthetic colors, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol, and have 40% less sodium than a leading brand of traditional pork breakfast sausage links.

Marking the brand’s fourth new retail product of 2020 following the launch of  Beyond Breakfast Sausage Patties, Cookout Classic, and most recently, Beyond Meatballs, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links will roll into grocery stores nationwide, including at select Kroger, Albertsons, Sprouts, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market, and more throughout October.

Sold in the meat case with a suggested retail price of $5.99 for eight links, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links feature a signature blend of savory herbs and spices and are a delicious and satisfying plant-based addition to any breakfast spread.

As a result of the brand’s impressive growth in retail, the company’s products are available at approximately 26,000 retail outlets across the United States, and consumers have made their preference for Beyond Meat clear: according to the latest 4-week SPINS data ending 9/6/20, Beyond Meat was the #1 selling brand in all refrigerated plant-based meat. Most recently, the company has focused on expanding its breakfast platform, including doubling its retail distribution of its frozen breakfast sausage patties.

“With demand for plant-based breakfast options continuing to rise and more of us eating breakfast at home, we knew the segment was ripe for innovation,” Stuart Kronauge, Chief Marketing Officer for Beyond Meat, said in a statement. “With the launch of Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links, we are thrilled to introduce another better-for-you plant-based meat option to satisfy consumers’ love of classic breakfast dishes. We think our fans will be excited that they can make restaurant-style breakfast an at-home staple with our new links.”

Beyond Meat’s vision is to be a global protein company capable of serving consumers’ growing demand for delicious, nutritious, and sustainable protein. Recently, the findings from a clinical study using Beyond Meat’s plant-based products were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In the study conducted at Stanford University, researchers evaluated the impact of replacing animal-based meat with Beyond Meat plant-based meat over an 8-week period on cholesterol levels, heart disease risk factors including TMAO levels, and body weight. The study found improvement in key health metrics when participants replaced animal-based meat with Beyond Meat plant-based meat. The results provide yet another data point in a growing field of research about how plant-based meat can help people live healthier lives, and Beyond Meat is committed to supporting further academic and scientific study into the impacts of plant-based meats on health.

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Humane Society Of The United States Deploys Rescuers To Evacuate Animals To Safe Havens As Tropical Storms Threaten The Gulf Coast

As much of the Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storms Marco and Laura, the Humane Society of the United States is transporting and coordinating the transport of more than 220 dogs and cats from animal shelters in Beaumont, Texas; Gulfport, Mississippi, and cities in Louisiana. By transporting animals who are already up for adoption out of the threatened regions, the HSUS aims to increase the capacity of animal shelters in the path of the storms as they prepare for potential structural damage and an anticipated influx of displaced animals.

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

“These lifesaving transports move adoptable animals out of harm’s way while freeing up local shelters to care for animals displaced by the storms,” said Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States in a statement. “We are grateful to the rescues and shelters who are opening their doors to these dogs and cats at a time when many are already strained due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

The animals will be divided up among the Humane Society of the United States’ Shelter and Rescue partners in North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Texas, including: Humane Society of Charlotte, Humane Society of Asheville, Nashville Humane Association, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Wayside Waifs, Humane Educational Society, City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, and McKamey Animal Center.

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

McKamey Animal Center deployed to Mississippi to transport the animals they are taking into their adoption program, while Humane Educational Society and Wayside Waifs deployed to Louisiana to transport the animals they are taking into their adoption programs. Other animals are leaving the region on the HSUS transport vehicles.

Members of the Humane Society of South Mississippi work with The Humane Society of the United States to transport dogs out of the shelter in preparation for storms Marco and Laura on Monday, August 24, 2020 in Gulfport, Miss. (Tyler Kaufman/AP Images for HSUS)

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A Newly Introduced Bill In The United States Requires Companion Animal Survivors Of Laboratory Experiments To Be Adopted Into New Homes

California Congressman Tony Cárdenas recently introduced H.R. 8001, the Companion Animal Release from Experiments (CARE) Act. The CARE Act requires research facilities that use dogs, cats, and rabbits for research purposes and receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and implement adoption policies for such animals when no longer used for research.

“It’s simple: if a research facility uses pets for research, then they must work to find them homes,” Congressman Cárdenas said in a statement. “We experiment on over 200,000 dogs, cats, and rabbits each year. The least we can do is give these living beings a chance at life in a loving home. My bill requires research facilities funded by the NIH to develop adoption policies for those animals. This is part of a larger effort to move away from animal-based testing and research wherever possible and toward more humane and sound scientific research.”

The CARE Act also requires facilities to maintain records of the animals used for research and to make those numbers and their adoptions available on their websites.

“The Companion Animal Release from Experiments Act builds on what eleven states have already done by requiring post-research adoption policies for dogs, cats, and rabbits used in tax-payer funded extramural research across the entire United States,” stated Monica Engebretson, North America Head of Public Affairs for Cruelty-Free International. The bill also provides for a high-level of public accountability and transparency about the adoption programs and their success. Shelters and rescue organizations across the United States place thousands of dogs, cats, and rabbits into loving homes each year and many are eager to do the same for laboratory survivors. We thank Representative Cardenas for introducing this important bill and for his humane leadership.”

California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington have enacted laws governing the post-research placement for dogs and cats used in publicly funded research institutions. A national requirement is needed to ensure that research institutions that receive taxpayer funding establish adoption policies for companion animals that are no longer used for research, including finding such animals a home and implementing transparent policies concerning the success of such requirement.

Last month, Congressman Cárdenas introduced the Greyhound Protection Act, legislation to phase out live greyhound racing. That bill also bans the use of live animals for training of greyhounds, a practice that was discovered recently to still be used in some states.

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Breaking! United States To Decide If 7 Species Of Pangolins Will Receive Protection Under The U.S. Endangered Species Act

Under a new legal agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, should be protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The agreement, approved this week by a federal judge, requires the agency to decide by June 2021 about their protection. It responds to a petition and subsequent lawsuit filed by conservation groups to force the government to make a decision on pangolins and ultimately ensure that the United States fully bans the pangolin trade.

Pangolins, the world’s only scaly mammal, are found throughout Asia and Africa and are in grave danger of becoming extinct. Their scales are in high demand in traditional Chinese medicine, despite the fact that they have no medicinal purposes. Their meat is consumed as a so-called “delicacy” in some Asian countries.

“It’s a relief that the U.S. is stepping up to protect these unique creatures from the international wildlife trade,” Sarah Uhlemann, International Program Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Pangolins are on the razor’s edge of extinction, and we have to do our part to save these odd but charming animals. Listing pangolins as endangered would zero-out the U.S. market.”

Between 2004 and 2014, more than a million pangolins were illegally traded; an average of nearly 300 animals killed per day. Despite a 2017 ban on international commercial trade in pangolins, illegal trade has continued and likely increased. The largest-ever seizure occurred in Singapore in 2019, representing tens of thousands of dead pangolins.

“We are pleased that the U.S. has committed to taking these long-overdue steps to protect pangolins, which remain mostly unprotected under the Endangered Species Act, despite being pushed to the brink of extinction by poachers,” stated Adam Peyman, Wildlife Programs and Operations Manager for Humane Society International. “Listing will strengthen the nation’s capacity to combat the domestic market for pangolin products, which contributes to poaching and trafficking worldwide.”

While most illegally sourced pangolins are destined for markets in China and Vietnam, a U.S. market remains. Authorities seized least 26,000 imports of pangolin products in the United States between 2004 and 2013, and a 2015 report by Humane Society International found “medicinal” products containing or likely to contain pangolin parts openly for sale online and at U.S. stores.

One pangolin species, the Temminck’s ground pangolin, is already protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Under today’s agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committing to decide whether the other seven pangolin species should be treated as endangered by June 2021.

“The United States must not be complicit in the brazen trade of these innocent animals,” said Zak Smith, Director of International Wildlife Conservation at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “As pangolins face extinction in the midst of a global biodiversity crisis, this is an important step. To increase the pangolins’ chance of survival, the agency must follow the science and law, and ultimately grant pangolins protection under the Endangered Species Act.”

If pangolins are protected as endangered, the law bans import and interstate sale of pangolin parts in the United States, except for scientific or other conservation purposes. Listing would also heighten global awareness about pangolins and the threats they face and make funding available for anti-trafficking and habitat-conservation efforts.

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“We Need Sharks In Our Oceans, Not Fins In Our Bowls,” More Than 200 Restaurants Across The United States & Canada Continue To Serve Shark Fin Soup

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