Federal - HR 697

A bill to amend the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988 to conserve elephants while appropriately regulating ivory in the United States.


February 3, 2015


Alaskan Congressman Don Young has introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) to roll-back and further halt onerous constraints on lawfully possessed ivory products, including musical instruments, firearms, knives, and museum pieces that include ivory parts. The African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015, HR 697, would effectively end the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draconian and unilateral moratorium on the sale and trade of lawfully possessed ivory, while also making significant efforts to assist anti-poaching efforts in countries with elephant populations.

The bill would specifically allow:

● Lawfully possessed, raw or worked ivory to be imported or exported for museum displays and personal use;

● The Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to place a U.S. Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officer in each African country with significant elephant populations;

● The Secretary of the Interior to certify any country found to be a significant transit or destination point under the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen's Protective Act. This would allow the US to embargo wildlife products from Asian countries that are fueling African elephant poaching;

● The continued importation of sport-hunted elephant trophies from populations listed on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species;

● For the reauthorization of appropriations of not more than $5 million for each of the years 2016-2020, and for these funds to be prioritized for projects designed to facilitate the acquisition of equipment and training of wildlife officials in ivory producing countries for anti-poaching efforts.

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  • April 21, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Smith, Lamar (R-Texas)
  • Feb. 3, 2015 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Peterson, C. (D-Minn.)
  • Feb. 3, 2015 — Read twice and referred to: House Natural Resources.Congressional Record p. H756

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