Opinion: End Illegal Wildlife Trafficking on World Wildlife Day
In a National Geographic op-ed, John Kerry, Eric Holder, and Sally Jewell call for halting the illegal wildlife trade.
Today, the world celebrates the first ever World Wildlife Day. Here in America, the bald eagle, the grizzly bear, the salmon, and the American bison are distinct examples of the centrality of wildlife to our folklore, our history, and our shared national heritage. These beloved creatures and countless other wildlife species are reason for us to take pause today—and every day—to appreciate nature's blessings. Thanks to the concerted efforts of conservationists and lawmakers over the years, and the continuing enforcement of wildlife laws in the United States, we can still celebrate these iconic symbols of America.
But many other species, both here at home and around the globe, face critical challenges. Sophisticated, organized criminal rings are decimating majestic animals