"I Found A Way" to Get Involved

If you want to find a way to help animals in distress, whatever the cause, you can do so right here by taking the following actions. Also, don't forget to sign up for IFAW's action alerts to get all the news on the animals and issues you care about most.

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Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Lion - Take action

It is critical that the U.S. government hears from the American people and understands that lions need and deserve the recent proposed protections in order to help secure their future in the wild.

Please submit a comment to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service letting them know that you support the proposed decision to list the African lion as Threatened and that you are in favor of the proposed permitting system to ensure lion populations are managed properly. By doing so, you will support the protection of the remaining lions left in the wild.

Use the form on the right to contact US Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, care of Jeffrey Flocken, IFAW's Regional Director for North America. We will submit all letters together to Fish & Wildlife Service.

We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

baby elephant

According to news reports, 34 baby elephants, some as young as two years old, have been taken from their families for export into a life of captivity.

News reports are sketchy, it may be that this capture and export is entirely legal, but the government can still stop it.

Elephants have deep family bonds — this loss will be devastating to the elephants left behind and the captured young have a poor chance of survival.

Urge Zimbabwe's Ministers for Environment and Tourism to stop the export and return these elephants to the wild.

The Zimbabwe government has the power to choose a more humane fate for these helpless elephants.

We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

Every 15 minutes, on average, a poacher kills an elephant for its ivory tusks. Right now, the U.S. is the second biggest market for ivory - much of it likely from recently poached elephants - which means we are helping to pay the bills for these poachers, organized crime networks, militant groups and the others who are profiting from extinction. Fortunately, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently proposed strong new protections for African elephants, including a ban on the sale of non-antique ivory in the United States.

Some special interest groups are trying to weaken the new rules, which has prompted IFAW to band together with a coalition of scientists, artists, and conservation and animal welfare organizations to ensure that these protections stay as robust as possible. By signing our petition, your voice can help us convince the White House to stand strong for elephants.

You can help protect elephants by joining us in telling President Obama and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to stand strong for elephants.

Tiger - take action

We need a nationwide law to stop big cats kept in private hands from endangering communities.

There are at least 10,000 big cats in private ownership. The animals are often kept in squalid conditions and dangerously close to residential areas.

IFAW is working with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to pass the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act (S.1381).

Please urge your U.S. senators to co-sponsor the bill today.

We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send. We encourage you to personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

tiger

We need a nationwide law to stop big cats kept in private hands from endangering communities.

There are at least 10,000 big cats in private ownership. The animals are often kept in squalid conditions and dangerously close to residential areas.

IFAW is working with U.S. Reps. Howard ‘Buck’ McKeon (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) to pass the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to co-sponsor the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act today.

A quick note to your U.S. representative will help protect both people and big cats. We’ve prepared a template e-mail for you to send. We encourage you to personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

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tiger cub

Baby tigers, lions, and other wild animals are frequently used by unscrupulous exhibitors for public handling, typically until they are just a few months old. The animals are then often discarded, with many ending up warehoused at roadside zoos and pseudo-sanctuaries or in the hands of unqualified people with private menageries.

There is no reason why any member of the public should ever have direct contact with wild animals and their cubs.

You now have the opportunity to object to this inhumane and dangerous activity. IFAW has joined other animal welfare organizations in a legal petition that urges the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban all public contact and close encounters with big cats, bears, and primates.

Please take a moment to urge the USDA to create a rule that finally prohibits all public contact with big cats and other species. We will submit all letters to the USDA. It is critical that the U.S. government receives hundreds of thousands of notes urging it to protect big cats, bears, and primates during the public comment period.

We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.

Take action

Ask your Congressmember to support the Captive Primate Safety Act.

The bill aims to end the shameful interstate pet trade in monkeys, great apes, and other primates. As with big cats, keeping a primate as a pet is an inhumane and reckless practice.

You can send the email we have prepared or personalize it.