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Displaced from their native habitat, koalas in far southwest Victoria have no choice but to move into blue gum plantations, seeking refuge as their surrounding habitat dwindles. But this is no safe haven for koalas.

Ultimately, their homes will be cut down, often with koalas perched asleep in the top branches, camouflaged and hidden from the human eye.

For over four years, we’ve been campaigning for tighter rules that will help to protect koalas from harvesting operations. In January 2017, the Victorian government finally introduced its long-awaited Koala Management regulations.

We now hope that these regulations bring about some improvements, thanks in part because logging companies will now have to produce koala plans and have koala spotters on every logging site.

But while the regulations are well-intentioned, they fall short. Critically, there is one glaring and crucial omission. Nowhere is there any requirement for companies to retain or provide any permanent habitat for these koalas to live in once their trees have been cut down.

Companies must invest some of their huge profits into providing permanent koala habitat and wildlife corridors so that these displaced animals have somewhere to live and somewhere to go.

A quick note to Australia's Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio could help protect koalas. 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.

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Many Americans have never heard of the federal program that uses their tax dollars to slaughter wildlife across the U.S. Wildlife Services, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), uses outdated and inhumane methods to kill “nuisance” animals, including coyotes and other native canids, small mammals and countless birds.

Sadly, Wildlife Services’ unscientific wildlife control methods kill thousands of animals each year that have not caused any problems. Among these tools are M-44s, baited sodium cyanide ejectors (“cyanide bombs”) that poison any animal that encounters them.

Among the animals that have fallen victim to these indiscriminate “cyanide bombs” are family pets. Hundreds of domestic dogs have been killed over the past decade, and earlier this year an Idaho boy watched his beloved dog die right before his eyes—poisoned by an M-44 that could have taken the boy’s life as well had his beloved companion not protected him. Worse yet, this all happened just outside the boy’s home while he was enjoying a day outdoors with his loyal companion and best friend.

M-44s are simply too dangerous for continued use.

You can help bring an end to the use of cyanide bombs across the U.S. Urge your U.S. representative to cosponsor “Canyon’s Law,” H.R. 1817.

A quick note to your members of Congress could help protect people, pets and wildlife. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective.

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The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on July 19 on five bills that seek to undermine crucial parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The ESA has successfully saved more than 99% of listed species from extinction.

We need to ensure that Congress stands up for the ESA, instead of trying to tear it down brick by brick.

Among the bills debated at the hearing was one that could irreparably damage conservation efforts: The “Saving America’s Endangered Species Act” takes direct aim at species overseas, while doing nothing to protect our domestic wildlife. It is a giveaway to trophy hunters and wildlife traffickers, disguised as a conservation measure.

Other bills addressed at the hearing would target gray wolves, undermine the scientific process behind the ESA, hurt citizens’ ability to participate, and more. Taken together, they would greatly weaken the foundation that protects our most imperiled wildlife.

Tell your member of Congress to oppose these bills and all future efforts to undermine the Endangered Species Act.

A quick note from you today will help protect endangered species. 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.

Tell the U.S. Government to protect giraffes

Giraffes are one of the most iconic and awe-inspiring animals in the world. Yet, giraffes are undergoing what scientists are calling a “silent extinction.” In the last 30 years, giraffe populations have declined by an estimated 40 percent across Africa, according to the latest assessment by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In fact, just last year, the IUCN listed the species as “Vulnerable” on the Red List of Threatened Species.

That is why IFAW has teamed up with other wildlife conservation groups to petition the U.S. government to list the giraffe as Endangered on the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Listing the species on the ESA will help giraffes in Africa by ending the U.S.’s outsized role as an importer of giraffe trophies, skins, and other giraffe parts. Did you know, the U.S. has been importing, on average, one giraffe trophy a day for the last 10 years? In addition, a listing on the ESA could result in much needed funds and attention directed to the plight of the giraffe, which now are less numerous than elephants.

Our petition, which was submitted today, will be reviewed by the USFWS for merit. After the short review period, the USFWS will open up a comment period where they solicit comments from the general public.

That is where you come in.

Join IFAW, the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States and Natural Resources Defense Council in asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act for giraffes by accepting our petition and listing them as Endangered under the ESA. We need your help to make sure USFWS knows that we care about giraffes and other wildlife species.

You can help by submitting your comments to show support for listing giraffes 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!

Help save the seals!

For years the Government of Canada and commercial seal hunting organizations have spread misinformation about the East Coast commercial seal hunt. For example:

Myth: Clubbing seals is illegal in Canada.

Fact: Seals off the east coast are both clubbed and shot. Neither method is humane. Veterinary reports state that many seals hunted off the East Coast suffer a great deal prior to death.

This video separates fact from fiction:

Myth: The East Coast seal hunt only targets adult seals.

Fact: 98% of the seals killed are pups between 3 weeks and 3 months. Seals at that age haven’t yet learned to swim. They’ve just been weaned from their mothers, and are alone and helpless.

Myth: Sealing makes up a large part of a fisherman’s income.

Fact: Between 2010 and 2015, a sealer earned an average of $1,692 from the seal hunt.

Myth: The harp seal population is just too big. Too many seals means the cod stocks can’t recover.

Fact: Cod make up only 1% of harp seals’ diet.

Tell Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop the seal hunts.

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.

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Reflecting broad public support for big cat protection, the U.S. House has introduced a bill 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. 1818 .

By advancing H.R. 1818, 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. 1818.

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.

Help us defend the EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under attack. Congress is threatening to roll back important EPA protections for clean air and water—with some members seeking to eliminate the Agency altogether—while the administration is restricting the release of Agency data, freezing hiring and grants, working to eliminate rules that protect public health and the environment, and calling for substantial cuts to EPA's budget.

It is well known that the EPA is responsible for making sure our water is clean and our air is clear, but there are also many cases in which EPA programs have saved species from extinction and made habitat cleaner for the animals we love.

We need your help to protect the EPA and environmental safeguards. Please contact your U.S. representative and senators today and urge them to protect the EPA’s programs, funding and scientific integrity. Dismantling the Agency’s critical conservation measures would harm people and wildlife now and for many years to come.

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President Trump has signed an Executive Order that would bring a sweeping reversal of America’s federal climate change policy, and put billions of people and animals at risk.

Rising seas. Melting ice caps. Drought. Raging wildfires. Animals and humans are already losing habitat and their homes to the early effects of global climate change, and scientists say that the next decade is our last, best chance to avoid reaching the point of no return.

But there is hope, and there is a clear path toward a clean energy future that benefits everyone. We need to show President Trump that Americans of all stripes care about this crucial issue. Stand with us and add your voice to the call for climate action.

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.

We will then submit all letters together to President Trump so make your voice heard today!