We all have a responsibility to ensure that laws protecting animals from abuse and cruelty are enforced. I strongly oppose attempts to weaken protections for endangered species or to undermine existing laws and regulations that require humane treatment of animals.
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement today after the passage of the FY 21 Interior-Environment funding bill, part of a four-bill appropriations minibus, H.R. 7608:
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) March 16, 2016 — Congresswoman Betty McCollum was one of eight members of Congress recognized today by leading national conservation groups for their critical role in protecting the Endangered Species Act. The “Champions of the Endangered Species Act” reception featured former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and, in addition to Rep. McCollum, honored Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and House members Don Beyer (D-VA), RaÃºl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Niki Tsongas (D-MA).
Illegal poaching has hit a crisis point for many of the world’s most iconic species. Nearly 100 elephants are being slaughtered each day by ivory poachers. The black market sale of rhino horn and trafficking in infant gorillas is driving these species to the brink of extinction. H.R. 2494, the Global Anti-Poaching Act, takes critical steps to strengthen the punishments for poaching and wildlife tracking.
Washington, DC – Today, the Obama Administration announced new regulations for the sale of items containing ivory. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement in response to the announcement: