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house Bill H.R. 6197

RAWR Act: Should the State Department Offer Rewards to Combat Global Wildlife Trafficking?

Argument in favor

Cash rewards for whistleblowers are an effective tool for fighting wildlife trafficking. Explicitly allowing the State Department to give rewards in exchange for information that helps fight these crimes will help improve detection and deterrence of these crimes.

Mark 's Opinion
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09/11/2018
Yup ! Start with Donald Trump Jr....moron!!!
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burrkitty's Opinion
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09/10/2018
If we are thwarting the illegal wildlife trade, I’m in. We need to preserve wildlife diversity around the world.
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Patricia's Opinion
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09/12/2018
Rich Americans are probably part of the problem, buying wildlife that must be kept where the traffickers found it--- in the wild. We are so responsible for so many insults to the environment we can at least spend some money trying to preserve some of it. We can take back the heinous tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations and then we'd have plenty of money for doing the right thing. Wouldn't that be something, doing the right thing?
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Argument opposed

The State Department already has the authority to offer rewards in exchange for tips that deter international crime, which covers wildlife trafficking. Additionally, it’s not clear that State is the best federal agency to combat wildlife trafficking.

Gregory's Opinion
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09/12/2018
This duplicates and overlaps existing laws blurring jurisdiction increasing need for coordination and creating more complexity. Part of making government efficient is avoiding poor execution even for the best causes.
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Tim's Opinion
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09/12/2018
No. While the cause is worthy, don’t spend taxpayer money on this. Have payments come out of some interested philanthropic or NGO’s funds. Match your ideals with your wallet.
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Jerrey's Opinion
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09/12/2018
While the motivation for this bill is laudable, it appears to be a needless duplication of existing laws and regulations. Advertising what is already on the books would seem to be equally effective.
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    Yup ! Start with Donald Trump Jr....moron!!!
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    This duplicates and overlaps existing laws blurring jurisdiction increasing need for coordination and creating more complexity. Part of making government efficient is avoiding poor execution even for the best causes.
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    If we are thwarting the illegal wildlife trade, I’m in. We need to preserve wildlife diversity around the world.
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    Rich Americans are probably part of the problem, buying wildlife that must be kept where the traffickers found it--- in the wild. We are so responsible for so many insults to the environment we can at least spend some money trying to preserve some of it. We can take back the heinous tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations and then we'd have plenty of money for doing the right thing. Wouldn't that be something, doing the right thing?
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    Protect threatened species.
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    No. While the cause is worthy, don’t spend taxpayer money on this. Have payments come out of some interested philanthropic or NGO’s funds. Match your ideals with your wallet.
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    While the motivation for this bill is laudable, it appears to be a needless duplication of existing laws and regulations. Advertising what is already on the books would seem to be equally effective.
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    The Federal government is there to provide for defense and regulate the states.
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    This does not fit into duties proscribed in the Constitution.
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    It needs to be stopped!
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    Yes
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    Absolutely not. US should work with other countries to educate and eradicate the problem. This is not a one country solution, we need to get together with other countries or UN to solve the problems. Bribing a few not to do it is not a good policy and not a good solution.
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    H.R. 6197 AKA Rescuing Animals with Rewards (RAWR) ACT I’d be STRONGLY in support of the passage of House Bill H.R. 6197 AKA This bill — the Rescuing Animals with Rewards (RAWR) Act of 2018 — would authorize rewards for thwarting wildlife trafficking linked to transnational organized crime. The State Department — which already offers rewards in exchange for information that helps deter transnational organized crime — would now be able to offer cash rewards in exchange for information about wildlife trafficking, such as poaching and illegal trade in wildlife. Cash rewards for whistleblowers are an effective tool for fighting wildlife trafficking. Explicitly allowing the State Department to give rewards in exchange for information that helps fight these crimes will help improve detection and deterrence of these crimes. 9*11*18...... SneakyPete.....
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    As others have pointed out, this bill duplicates an existing law. In addition, offering monetary rewards to prevent global wildlife trafficking and poaching is wrong. A worldwide law should state endangering wildlife, wildlife trafficking is a crime, punishable by prison. Anytime money is used as in incentive, the door for the misuse of monies, fraudulent claims and embezzlement is left wide open.
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    Yet snother duplicate law.
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    Duh? Why is this a question?
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    NO !
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    No! And Heads up “Man from Nebraska” as Countable is not allowing me to like your posts as we both follow each other! There are two posts of yours that I tried to read and Like and three times the site closed on me! Someone at Countable is playing games with peoples posts! I’ve posted important comments in the past and when I read them again there a lot of misspelled words and typos that I did not do! Beware All! This is a very liberal and hateful site!
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    Yes.
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    The cobra effect occurs when an attempted solution to a problem makes the problem worse, as a type of unintended consequence. The term is used to illustrate the causes of incorrect stimulation in economy and politics. Look it up and be careful what you ask government to do.
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