FWS Proposes Closure of ESA Loophole that Allows Trade in Live African Elephants Without a Permit

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published notice of its intent to close an Endangered Species Act (ESA) loophole that currently allows the import, export, and other forms of trade in live African elephants without a permit. The proposed 4(d) rule revisions would additionally clarify the enhancement requirements that FWS imposes during its evaluation of applications for ESA permits to import African elephant sport-hunted trophies. FWS will accept public comments on the proposed ESA rule revisions through January 17, 2023.