Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
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        Request for Signature(s)

Support Funding for International Conservation & Combating Wildlife Trafficking Programs:

Cut Off Financing to Terrorists & Criminal Syndicates from Wildlife Trafficking

DEADLINE: COB Friday March 22

*This letter includes three programmatic requests.*

Current signatories: Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Rep. Susan Davis, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, Rep. Bill Foster, Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings,
Rep. Peter King, Rep. A. Donald McEachin, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Bradley S. Schneider, Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi, Rep. Paul Tonko, 

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to join us in ensuring that funding is maintained for international conservation at the enacted FY19 funding levels, and sign the attached FY20 submission request letter to State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies (SFOPS) Appropriations
Subcommittee regarding the following three programmatic requests:

  • USAID Biodiversity Program
  • U.S. State Department and USAID combating wildlife trafficking programs
  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The vital programs encompassed in these programmatic requests represent important facets of international development and national security. Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar transnational organized crime industry that has attracted the involvement
of the same organized syndicates trafficking in drugs, guns and people and is helping to finance violent extremist groups, including those with ties to terrorism. As Brigadier General (Ret.) Dick Turner noted, “There are U.S. enemies across the globe who seek
to profit off of wildlife trafficking and harvesting of endangered animal parts such as fins, horns and tusks. These actions not only threaten the natural beauty of our planet’s wildlife, but often finance terrorist organizations and extremist groups that
actively fight U.S. security interests abroad.”

Illegal timber and seafood trades also rob America of billions of dollars annually by depressing prices and making it harder for law-abiding US businesses and workers to compete.  Investments in international conservation make concrete progress in combating
these threats to American security and economic prosperity, while empowering local communities and building economic stability among our strategic partners.

Most recently, the FY19 Consolidated Appropriations Act included $285 million for the USAID Biodiversity Program, $90.66 million to combat wildlife trafficking at the U.S. State Department and USAID (of which $50 million was directed to the Bureau of International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement), and $139.5 million for the Global Environmental Facility.

The deadline for signing is COB Friday March 22, 2019. To sign the letter, please contact Katharine Nasielski in Rep. Meng’s office at or George Pollack
in Rep. Peter King’s office at



Grace Meng                                                Peter King
Member of Congress                                  Member of Congress

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