Today, the Department of Justice continues to pursue individuals who would exploit protected wildlife for their own illegal gain.  Keeping the focus on my home state, we can see examples of this work from just the last few years.  In April 2018, for example, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida filed charges against six defendants for their involvement in trafficking more than four-hundred migratory birds.  As alleged in the indictment, the wildlife trafficking involved instances of severe animal cruelty and resulted in injury or even death to the birds.  As a result of this operation, more than one-hundred native Florida birds were rescued and released in Everglades National Park.
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