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Elly Pepper, Legislative Advocate, Washington, DC

Elly Pepper
Growing up on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park, I spent most of my childhood investigating tide pools and sailing/island exploring with my parents and two younger brothers. I always felt so much better when I was outside -- a fact that became even clearer to me when I spent 2 months hiking the Appalachian Trail in high school. While my parents were appalled that I had worn the same t-shirt for the entire trip, and immediately threw it away upon my return, I loved the simplicity of life on the trail and the feeling of carrying everything I needed on my back. I entered college and, later, law school, with the intention of working in environmental policy. As such, I feel very lucky to advocate on behalf of our environment at NRDC.

Recent Posts

Groups Ask California's Mendocino & Humboldt Counties to STOP Hiring Wildlife Services to Kill Wildlife

Posted June 30, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In 2012*, California’s Mendocino and Humboldt counties contracted with Wildlife Services – the rogue federal agency responsible for killing 4 million animals last year – to “control” their wildlife. The result? 636 animals dead in just 365 days, including coyotes,...continued

Why Is the Wildlife Services Administrator So Proud?

Posted June 27, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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                                                 (C) Fish and Wildlife Service Kevin Shea, the Administrator of the USDA’s Animal Plants and...continued

Deal Reached on New York Ivory Bill Means Satao & Others Won't Have Died in Vain

Posted June 17, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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On Friday, authorities verified that a large elephant killed with poison arrows in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park was one of the world’s oldest, biggest, and most loved elephants, Satao.  His carcass was found only a few hundred yards from the...continued

Only One Week Left for NY to Pass Ivory Ban

Posted June 11, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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With the New York state legislature’s session wrapping up next Thursday, June 19 – time is running out to pass a bill that finally would put an end to the state’s ivory trade. With more than 80% of New York voters supporting...continued

New York County District Attorney Supports Tougher Penalties for Ivory Traffickers

Posted May 21, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Did you know that current New York law fails to differentiate between penalties for those who sell illegal wildlife worth $1,500 and those who sell illegal wildlife worth $2 million? In other words, the penalty is the same whether you...continued

House Natural Resources To Mark Up Anti-Endangered Species Act Bills

Posted April 8, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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*Update: This post was originally written in preparation for a hearing the House Natural Resources Committee held on April 8 on four anti-Endangered Species Act bills and has been updated in preparation for the full committee markup of these bills tomorrow (April 30)....continued

January/February/March 2014 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Posted March 31, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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It may be a new year, but House Republicans seem bent on the same old resolutions including weakening the Endangered Species Act, all under the pretext of “improving it.” On February 4, the House’s “ESA Working Group,” which includes some...continued

The Right Way to Protect Elephants

Posted March 27, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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A few weeks ago, I read a fascinating study that elephants can determine a bunch of things including human gender, age, and even ethnicity from our voices. So I’m pretty sure they could have discerned my sadness as I read...continued

Administration Wants More Money for Wildlife Services But Still Won't Tell Us Where It Goes

Posted March 11, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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Accountability is typically critical to getting more money.  When you ask for allowance as a kid, your parents want to know what chores you'll do. When you ask for a raise, your boss wants to know what you've done. When...continued

New York Bill Would Ban Elephant & Mammoth Ivory Sales!

Posted February 21, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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11,300. That's how many ivory items the last survey, conducted in 2008, found in New York City, making it, by far, the largest ivory market of any major U.S. city.  How many elephants were slaughtered for those items? It's difficult...continued

U.S. Limits Ivory Sales!

Posted February 11, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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The elephant poaching crises reached its peak last year with about 30,000 of these amazing species slaughtered for their tusks. Seizure data collected for 2014 so far shows that this year could be even worse.­­ But the U.S. is...continued

NRDC Asks New York to Restrict its Ivory Trade

Posted January 16, 2014 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Seventy-two percent of elephants have been lost. An unprecedented amount of poaching is occurring in Africa. And preliminary indicators suggest that 2013 may have seen the highest levels of illicit ivory trade ever. Yet, despite the fact that elephants...continued

Polar Bear Countries Make Some Strides, But More Must Be Done!

Posted December 6, 2013 by Elly Pepper

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Polar Bear range states this week in Moscow during the meeting on the 1973 Polar Bear Agreement in Moscow made some important steps towards enhancing polar bear conservation. But with...continued

International Forum on Conservation of Polar Bears Must Address Climate Change and Unsustainable Trade

Posted December 3, 2013 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Carbon dioxide concentrations reached 400ppm this year, following a record-low Arctic sea-ice extent in 2012. At the same time, demand for polar bear parts has continued to skyrocket with the maximum hide price almost doubling from $12,514 to $22,000 since...continued

November 2013 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Posted November 25, 2013 by Elly Pepper in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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This month, Congress was very busy, apparently trying to get things done before the holidays, following which the budget battle will consume Hill activity for who knows how long. In the crazy bill introduction category, Sens. Paul (R-KY), Lee (R-UT)...continued

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