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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.

Take action now

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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Take action

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!

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!