By Bob Warren
Efforts to increase the penalties for illegal wildlife trafficking will be discussed during a dinner meeting Dec. 2 at a Covington area restaurant. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Mugshots, off U.S. 190.
Charles Marsala of the Krewe of Tusk & Horn said he will discuss the impact of illegal animal trafficking and what can be done to save elephants, rhinos, big cats and sharks. Marsala, a New Orleans native who also served as the mayor of Atherton, Calif., will discuss recent developments involving the Endangered Species Act and legislation to increase the penalties for wildlife trafficking convictions through federal racketeering statutes.
Mugshots will donate 10 percent of its sales for the evening to another wildlife preservation group, the Krewe of AWE (Artists-Wildlife-Entrepreneurs), Marsala said. The restaurant will also have an elephant and rhino-themed coloring page contest for kids.