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Signet, Tiffany among Members of New U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance

Mar 7, 2016 8:55 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Signet Jewelers and Tiffany & Co. are among jewelry industry players committing to help stop wildlife trafficking activities in the U.S. through a new agreement among corporations in the country.

Berkshire Hathaway companies Richline Group and Rio Grande are also members of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, a coalition of companies and non-governmental organizations formed in response to the government’s National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking.

Wildlife tracking is a criminal, multi-billion dollar industry centered on killing endangered and threatened species to procure illegal products from ivory, snake skins, animal furs and other animal parts, Richline said in a statement March 4.

“Worldwide demand for ivory and other illegal wildlife products is decimating iconic wildlife populations and supporting international criminal syndicates that are destabilizing governments and supporting terrorist groups,” said David Hayes, chair of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance.

“The Alliance is honored to partner with leading companies, conservation organizations, and the U.S. government to educate U.S. consumers and shut down U.S. demand for illegal wildlife products. By putting our wallets in line with our values we can work together to protect these treasured species for the benefit of our planet, our security, and future generations.”

Other members of the initiative include Ralph Lauren, eBay, Etsy and Google, according to a note by Hayes on Fortune.com March 3.
Tags: Berkshire Hathaway, ethical jewelry, Fair Trade, Rapaport News, richline, richline group, Rio Grande, Signet, Signet Jewelers, Tiffany, Tiffany & Co, u.s., U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance
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