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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

June & July 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Posted August 3, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) Fish and Wildlife Service The last two months have not only been a whirlwind--they've also made it abundantly clear just how vulnerable the Endangered Species Act ("ESA") is from congressional threats, despite recent polling indicating that over 90%...continued

NRDC and Allies Sue Mendocino County AGAIN

Posted July 26, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) Lisa Whiteman Every year, California's Mendocino County kills hundreds of coyotes, bobcats, bears, cougars, foxes, and other animals on behest of the private livestock industry without ANY consideration of its impacts on the animals themselves, other species, and...continued

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Delivers Final Set of Elephant Protections

Posted July 25, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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Yesterday, in an announcement made from the Global Entrepreneurship Conference in Kenya, President Obama announced critical, long-awaited regulations regarding the U.S. ivory market. With more than 100,000 poached for their tusks between 2010 and 2012, elephants are in serious trouble....continued

Ivory Ban Bill Passes California Assembly!

Posted June 10, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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In a show of resounding bipartisan support for elephant protection, California's ivory ban bill - AB 96 - passed the Assembly last week in a vote of 53-12. And, just a few days later, the Los Angeles Times voiced its...continued

May 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Posted May 28, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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After a long hiatus, I'm resurrecting this monthly blog to once again capture the panoply of congressional threats to one of our nation's most beloved laws--the Endangered Species Act. With a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate...continued

Bill Would Prevent Wildlife Services and Others from Cruel Trapping on Refuge Land

Posted April 27, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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Pennsylvania's John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (C) Bill Buchanan/FWS When you hear the term "National Wildlife Refuge," what comes to mind? I automatically think of the wildlife I see when visiting the refuges in my home state of Maine--especially...continued

NRDC Pushes Obama Administration to Finalize Ivory Regulations

Posted April 13, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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It's been over a year since the Obama Administration promised to put in place regulations that - if implemented as proposed - would amount to a near-total ban on domestic ivory sales, imports, and exports of African elephant ivory. And...continued

California's Mendocino County Suspends Illegal Contract with Wildlife Services

Posted April 13, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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Mendocino County officials agreed this week to suspend the renewal of the county's 2016 contract with Wildlife Services after NRDC, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Welfare Institute, and Project Coyote filed a lawsuit against the...continued

Bill Would Help End California's Role in Elephant & Rhino Poaching Crisis

Posted January 7, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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No one wants to think that they're responsible for killing elephants. But if you've bought ivory in California recently, you might be. According to an NRDC-commissioned undercover investigation of California's ivory markets, released today, up to 90% of the ivory...continued

Red Knot Listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act

Posted December 9, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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After migrating more than 9,300 miles every spring and fall, I’m sure the imperiled rufa Red Knot is a pretty patient species. But waiting for protections for the last 8 years while languishing on the Endangered Species Act “wait list”...continued

Groups Sue Mendocino County for Illegal Contract with Wildlife Services

Posted November 25, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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In 2012*, California’s Mendocino County contracted with Wildlife Services — the rogue federal agency responsible for killing 4 million animals last year — to “control” their wildlife. The result? 459 animals dead in just 365 days, including coyotes, black...continued

Governor Cuomo Shuts Down the Country's Biggest Ivory Market

Posted August 11, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated World Elephant Day today by signing into law a bill (A10143/S7890) that will help stop the slaughter of African elephants for their tusks by drying up the nation’s largest market for ivory: New York City. And...continued

Governor Christie Signs New Jersey Ivory Bill Into Law!

Posted August 6, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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As African leaders conferred with U.S. officials on how to end the wildlife trafficking crisis at yesterday’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, New Jersey Governor Christie signed legislation that will crack down on the state’s ivory trade and help end the...continued

May/June/July 2014 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Posted August 1, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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When I think summer, I think popsicles, swimming pools, and, since I live in DC, stifling humidity. The House Natural Resources Committee Republicans think: last chance to gut the Endangered Species Act before August recess and elections. Cue the recent...continued

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

Posted June 30, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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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

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