Note: Hearing was immediately followed by markup of H.R. 4819, DELTA Act.

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “The END Wildlife Trafficking Act is helping combat terrorists, gangsters and other dangerous criminals engaged in illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching. Operation Jungle Book, the largest crackdown on wildlife trafficking in California’s history, was carried out last year using authorities provided by this law. But of course, we still face many significant challenges in our work to protect the world’s most majestic animals from extinction. This hearing will look at how we can build on recent wins for conservation – including China’s move to shutter its ivory trade – with strong public-private partnerships and new initiatives like the DELTA Act.” 

Opening Statements

Full text of Chairman Ed Royce’s opening statement


Ms. Gretchen S. Peters
Executive Director
Center on Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Dave Stewart
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Elizabeth L. Bennett, Ph.D.
Vice President for Species Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]


Hearing/markup transcript (PDF)