Illegal Wildlife Trafficking: Local Efforts on a Global Threat
925 4th Ave #2900, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
5:00PM – 5:30 PM: Reception 5:30PM – 7:00PM: Moderated Discussion
Closing Remarks by Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman
Illegal wildlife trade is big business and business is booming, generating billions of dollars a year for global criminal
organizations and undermining decades of wildlife conservation. The United States is the second biggest consumer of
wildlife contraband after China. As a major U.S. port, Seattle is part of the network that moves illegal wildlife products.
But Seattle is also part of the solution: tech companies, government agencies, higher education, and NGOs are on the
front lines to strategically protect wildlife and reduce the demand and supply for illegally trafficked wildlife.
Join the World Affairs Council, Woodland Park Zoo, and the Port of Seattle for a discussion with Dr. Samuel Wasser,
Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, and Art Min, Vice President of Impact at
Vulcan, on the scope of the problem and how Seattle is innovating to combat wildlife trafficking. Kerston Swartz, Senior
Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager at the Woodland Park Zoo, will moderate the conversation.
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