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Take action to protect big cats

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 to save elephants

Earlier this month, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released strong new rules that (with proper implementation and enforcement) all but shut down interstate ivory sales, imports and exports of ivory.

This is a huge win for elephants. The new regulations close loopholes that previously allowed ivory from recently poached elephants to be sold. They also reduce the amount of elephant trophies than can be brought into the U.S. We are the largest importer of elephant trophies in the world!

The new regulations could not have come at a better time. Elephants are facing an unprecedented poaching crisis driven by demand for their ivory tusks. By shutting down the U.S. market for ivory, FWS is helping reduce global demand and therefore pressure on elephants halfway across the world in Africa.

The rules come on the heels of ivory bans in several states including New York, New Jersey, California, Washington State, and most recently Hawaii. Efforts are underway in Oregon, Massachusetts, and other states. The federal and state rules also set an example for international action, and it is clear that momentum is building to end the elephant poaching crisis.

While FWS’s new rules are very strong, they are not perfect. U.S. citizens will still be allowed to import a limited number of sport hunted elephant trophies – up to 2 elephants, per hunter, per year. IFAW believes that even one trophy is too many, and elephants deserve to live, not be a grotesque ornament on a wall.

Please sign our petition to thank FWS for shutting down the U.S. ivory trade, but also make it clear that the U.S. should not allow any more of these gruesome trophies to enter our country. All you have to do is fill out your information on the right, and we will add your name to the list of elephant champions who have made their voice heard. Feel free to personalize the email, but please be courteous at all times.

Help Stop U.S. Trophy Hunting

Trophy hunting affects people, animals, and habitat worldwide. IFAW’s Killing For Trophies: An Analysis of Global Trophy Hunting Trade report found that as many as 1.7 million hunting trophies may have been traded between nations between 2004 and 2014, with at least 200,000 of those being threatened species. The United States accounted for a staggering 71% of the import demand, or about 15 times more than the next highest nations on the list. We are importing thousands of trophies annually from animals threatened with extinction, a practice that is far out of step with modern day animal welfare ethics.

Therefore, we ask you to write your U.S. representative and senators and urge them to support the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act (S. 1918 / H.R. 3526).

If enacted, this bill will amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to help protect animals that have not yet received a final ESA listing from trophy hunts by restricting their import into the U.S.

This bill would help to protect imperiled wildlife around the world. Now, it is more important than ever to let your voice be heard. Ask your U.S. representative and senators to co-sponsor H.R. 3526 and S. 1918, (respectively). A simple note will help protect imperiled species from being hunted and brought to the U.S. as “trophies.”

Feel free to personalize your own email, or use the template below.

Take action to support greater protections for pangolins

If you've already taken our pangolin action, please take a moment to sign our petition to list Elephants as "Endangered".

Last July, IFAW co-authored and submitted a technical petition to list a little known, but amazingly unique, animal as “Endangered” under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA): the pangolin. Pangolins are medium-sized, scale-covered, insect-eating mammals that live in several areas of Africa and Asia. But while pangolins are fascinating and play an important role in their ecosystems as insect regulators, they are one of the most imperiled species on the planet.

In March, pangolins received some good news from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).Our petition received an official, positive “90-day finding.” Now, the US government is conducting an investigation, based on our petition, to find out if pangolins will receive “Endangered” status.

And there is no time to waste. Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. Over 1 million pangolins are estimated to have been poached in the last decade in order to satisfy demand for their meat and scales. The rate at which they are being killed is completely unsustainable and cruel, and may lead to extinction if nothing is done. The U.S. can take a big step in stopping the trade of pangolins through an “Endangered” designation. According to government data, thousands of pangolin products are imported or smuggled into the U.S. every year.

Pangolins need the best protection they can get as soon as possible. You can help by signing our petition showing support for listing all seven unlisted pangolin species under the ESA (there is only one species that is currently protected). All you need to do is fill out the form here, and will submit this letter with your signature. Make your voice heard today!

Take action to support greater protections for elephants

If you've already taken our elephant action, please take a moment to sign our petition to list Pangolins as "Endangered."

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is considering our petition to list African elephants as “Endangered” under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). In March, the petition passed the first hurdle by receiving a positive 90-day finding from FWS. But now, the US government is conducting a comprehensive investigation to decide if elephants will receive full “Endangered” status. Currently, African elephants are only listed as “Threatened,” which sets a lower bar for protective measures.

That elephants need our help is clear. African elephant populations have declined dramatically in the last decade due to extremely high levels of poaching. It is estimated that an elephant is killed every 15 minutes, on average, for its ivory tusks – that is 96 animals a day! At this rate, some regional populations of elephants may be wiped out in the next decade.

Trophy hunting – overwhelmingly conducted by wealthy Americans – is another inhumane threat to these magnificent animals, because hunters target the healthiest animals and destroy their tight family bonds. An “Endangered” listing would be a huge step towards stopping trophy hunting and the trade of elephants in the US once and for all.

The Fish & Wildlife Service needs to improve protections for elephants as soon as possible. You can help by signing our petition showing support for listing elephants as “Endangered.” All we need is for you to fill out the form here, and we will submit this letter with your signature. Make your voice heard!

Take action

A critical colony of around 200 koalas near Ballina, New South Wales, Australia is at risk of extinction from a highway upgrade. Our efforts so far have forced the Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt to stall Stage 10 of the Pacific Highway, insisting on further studies before making his decision. These studies are now with the Minister.

We have serious concerns and feel the science may have been manipulated to meet the desired objective. Everyone agrees that these koalas are already in severe decline, with the biggest threat being road kill. A four-lane highway will not protect this population. These koalas need help not a highway!

Send a message to Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt asking him to protect these iconic koalas not sign their death warrant.

We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send, but 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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Take action now

Reflecting broad public support for big cat protection, both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate have introduced bills to bring an end to the private ownership of dangerous wild cats. We now have an opportunity to let members of Congress know that their constituents support big cat protections and to ask that they cosponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act, H.R. 3546/S. 2541.

By advancing H.R. 3546/S. 2541, Congress can help end the mistreatment of captive wildlife and greatly reduce the unnecessary risks to the public from improperly managed big cats.

Tell members of Congress that you care about big cats and support H.R. 3546/S. 2541.

A quick note to your members of Congress could help protect big cats nationwide. 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.

End Canada’s commercial seal hunt

It’s time for Canada’s commercial seal hunt to end.

Every spring, seal pups between 3 weeks and 3 months of age are brutally shot, clubbed and skinned. Their carcasses are left to rot on the ice or dumped into the ocean.

Seals are dying needlessly for an industry that wouldn’t exist but for government subsidies. Most of the world no longer needs or wants seals products. Still the killing continues.

Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has a historic opportunity to end the commercial seal hunt once and for all.

Please take action today to save seals.

Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic Leblanc to develop a plan to buy out commercial sealing licenses, and end the commercial seal hunt now.

A quick note from you today can help save seals. We have prepared a template email for you to send as is, or with your own respectful comments.