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Report Shows U.S. Wildlife Trade Poorly Regulated
April 30, 2009
A research team including Brown University has found that the U.S. wildlife import system is broken. In a paper published in Science, the team reported that federal authorities failed to accurately list more than four in five species entering the country. The effect: a range of diseases is introduced into the United States, potentially decimating species, devastating ecosystems and threatening food supply chains and human health.
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