Target: Daniel Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Thank Ashe for cracking down on wildlife crimes
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has drawn praise from environmental activists and agencies for its recent operation that cracked down on wildlife violations. In cooperation with various state wildlife and environmental agencies, USFWS arrested dozens of illegal wildlife traffickers, bringing them in for federal or state violations. Over the course of the two-week operation, 154 violators were arrested, with 30 of those awaiting trial for federal crimes, and the rest for state crimes.
Working closely with the renowned Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in a part of the operation called “Wild Web,” USFWS was able to use the internet to find and arrest perpetrators. Humane Society of the United States volunteers helped the USFWS by going undercover and providing leads by searching for illegal wildlife animals and products online. These animals included endangered and federally protected animals offered for exorbitant prices, and items found included rare animals’ fur or body parts. Thanks to the efforts of the HSUS volunteers, USFWS agents were able to track down and apprehend the criminals.
In the words of Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle, “[t]he amount of wildlife available for sale via the Internet is staggering, and enforcement activities must increasingly concentrate on this arena of commerce if we are to protect wildlife from cruelty and maintain the viability of species. We applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state fish and wildlife agencies, and U.S. Attorney André Birotte, Jr. for their continued commitment to protecting wildlife.” Please sign the petition below to thank Daniel Ashe’s USFWS for its commitment to fighting wildlife trafficking.
Dear Director Daniel Ashe:
Your agency, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, recently announced to the public the results of its two-week operation that cracked down on wildlife traffickers. Working closely with state law enforcement agencies, as well as nongovernmental organizations like the Humane Society of the United States, your USFWS was able to find and arrest more than 150 criminals trafficking endangered animals or animal body parts.
I am writing to applaud the efforts of your agency, as many other environment-concerned citizens and organizations already have. The trafficking of exotic animals and their body parts is a scourge across the world, and I thank you and your agency for making these criminals pay.
[Your Name Here]
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