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Our last chance to protect African lions from American hunters

This killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter has sparked worldwide outrage. Approximately 600 lions are killed every year on trophy hunts legally. Unfortunately, Americans are primarily to blame. Approximately 60 percent of all lions killed for sport in Africa are shipped to the U.S. as trophies.

Tell the USFWS service to immediately stop imports of lion trophies and to finalize its proposal to list the African lion under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

With as few as 32,000 African lions left in the wild, we can’t afford to lose any more. The time to act is now.

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Take action for elephants

On July 29, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed new rules to limit the ivory trade in the United States. These regulations are the biggest step the U.S. has taken to protect elephants, and will also help to set the standard for other countries – if they aren’t weakened by special interest groups before they are finalized.

The proposed rules tighten several longstanding loopholes that have allowed the illicit trafficking of elephant parts to thrive. They also reduce the number of sport-hunted elephant trophies allowed into the U.S.

Members of the public have 60 days to review these rules and weigh in, before they are finalized and put into effect. The USFWS will hear from many groups, including those who mistakenly believe that the regulations are not necessary, or even harmful. We need to show the world that we support these rules, and we can even tell the USFWS to strengthen them by fully stopping elephant trophy imports, and by closing the remaining loopholes even further.

Now is your chance to make your voice heard for elephants. Let the USFWS know that strong rules are essential to reducing the U.S.’s role in the ivory trade.

A quick note will help protect elephants and let the federal government know that we value elephants as living, breathing creatures more than useless trinkets. 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

Every 15 minutes, on average, a poacher kills an elephant for its ivory tusks. Right now, the U.S. is one of the world’s biggest markets 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, last spring the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced a plan to implement strong new protections for African elephants, including a ban on the sale of non-antique ivory in the United States. After over a year of bureaucratic delay, those rules appear to be right around the corner. Unfortunately, some special interest groups are trying to weaken the new rules.

IFAW is working 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, you can help 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.

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Take action to protect elephant

For sale on Craigslist: Pieces of dead elephants

It’s easy to buy and sell all kinds of ivory and other elephant pieces on Craigslist. Yet, Craigslist’s own policy prohibits the sale of animal parts.

Tell Craigslist to enforce its policy and stop the sale of elephant products now.

A quick note to Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster will help protect 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.

Take action for seals

Year after year, tens of thousands of seals are killed during Canada's commercial seal hunt. The animals are skinned, and sometimes their flippers are cut off. Then their bodies are tossed away.

It's an unnecessary, horrifying waste of life.

Seal meat, while eaten in some parts of Canada, is not the focus of the commercial seal hunt. Almost all of the animals - 92 percent in 2013 - are dumped on the ice or tossed back into the ocean once their fur has been removed. Shockingly, this is completely legal.

Ask Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea to end the commercial seal hunt.

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Take action to protect whales

Whales in the Antarctic Ocean were spared from whalers' harpoons for the first summer in more than a century. But this reprieve could be short-lived. Japan has announced a new plan to restart so-called "scientific whaling" in the Antarctic, targeting 4,000 whales over the next 12 years. This is despite the highest court in the world, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ruling that Japan's previous whaling program was illegal and member nations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) calling on countries to refrain from submitting new plans.

Tell President Obama that you want to see the U.S. government doing all it can to ensure a permanent end to so-called "scientific whaling" in the Antarctic. We need our government and other conservation-minded countries to pile the diplomatic pressure on Japan before the whaling boats take aim again.

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Take action to save Bali's dogs

The Governor of the island of Bali ordered the mass killing of roaming dogs. Thousands of innocent dogs are killed every year, often suffering slow and painful deaths.

The Governor claims free-roaming dogs will lead to the spread of rabies. But human and animal health experts have proven that culling doesn't work to control rabies. In fact, it can result in the spread of the disease. Often, dogs that have already been vaccinated are among the victims of a mass killing.

Tell the governor to stop the mass killings.

A quick note to Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika will help protect dogs. 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.

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