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Stop the theft of our public lands and oceans

The White House is systematically stripping protections from millions of acres of National Monuments. President Trump recently ordered two sites (Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, both in Utah) slashed to the bone, despite an outcry from American citizens across the political spectrum. This amounts to the largest reduction in protected lands in American history. Now, the U.S. Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, has recommended shrinking four more monuments and opening several others for industrial exploitation – tens of millions of additional acres looted to appease ultra-rich industries. We need your help to push back against this frightening proposal.

National Monuments are an irreplaceable component of the United States’ public lands system, providing boundless opportunities for outdoor recreation and education and giving a safe home to wildlife and plants of all kinds. They include such vital ocean preserves as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument, the first marine monument to ever be established in the Atlantic Ocean. This pristine area encompasses essential feeding habitat for numerous whale and dolphin species, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Now, Secretary Zinke has targeted opening these waters to unnecessary, industrial-scale fishing operations. Two additional national marine monuments, Rose Atoll and Pacific Remote Islands are being targeted for boundary reductions and well as having their no-commercial fishing provisions revoked.

President Trump’s action to remove crucial protections and cut acreage is unprecedented and potentially illegal – the power granted to him under the Antiquities Act was never intended to destroy Monuments, only to set them aside for future generations. These are OUR lands and oceans, but under Trump’s plan, damaging industries like mining, oil production, and ranching would take precedence over all other uses of these pristine landscapes. The rhetoric from President Trump and Secretary Zinke (calling previous safeguards “harmful and unnecessary” to industry) imagines a problem that simply isn’t there; most American public lands are already open to development.

An attack on one Monument is an attack on them all. Tell President Trump to keep these precious sites safe from harm.

Oppose elephant "trophy" imports

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently reopened the import of certain African elephant hunting “trophies” to the U.S., despite the species’ designation as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

FWS based its decision on tenuous elephant conservation measures and concluded that the import of parts from elephants killed during recreational trophy hunts will “enhance the survival of the African elephant.”

On Sunday, however, the President shared his concerns about this finding via Twitter, expressing serious doubt that the “horror show” of trophy hunting “in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal.” This heartening statement echoes what many wildlife experts have long understood—that cruel sport hunting is not “conservation.”

Now, it is critical that the President follow up on his statement by working with FWS to rescind the finding that opened the door to resuming elephant trophy imports from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Thank President Trump for acknowledging the need to protect elephants, and ask him to formally rescind the FWS finding opening the U.S. to elephant trophy imports and stop or restrict trophy hunting of African lions, leopards and giraffe.

A quick note to President Trump could help elephants and other iconic wildlife 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.

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The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) recently proposed formation of an “International Wildlife Conservation Council” to promote the hunting of iconic wildlife species overseas, including species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), and make it easier to bring grisly trophies back to the U.S.

Adding insult to injury is the proposed makeup of the council. DOI is stacking the deck with trophy hunting lobbyists and representatives of the gun and ammunition industry.

The U.S. already imports thousands of trophies annually from animals threatened with extinction, as IFAW showed in our report “Killing for Trophies: An Analysis of Global Hunting Trade.” In fact, the U.S. accounts for 71% of the global imports of threatened species like lions, giraffes, and elephants.

Trophy hunting is an outdated practice that few partake in or even approve of. A recent nationwide poll found that 87% of Americans don’t support trophy hunting of endangered, rare and imperiled species.

The U.S. government should focus on improving habitat conservation, preventing poaching, and reducing human-wildlife conflict for these species – not promoting a cruel and inhumane practice disguised as conservation.

Lions, giraffes, and elephants deserve better than being mounted on someone’s mantle.

DOI is asking for public comments for only a few more days, so the time is NOW to tell them to make key changes to the council’s mandate to ensure that individual animals are valued and true conservation is prioritized.

DOI should:
1. Add more wildlife conservation and welfare experts to ensure a more balanced council
2. Remove the ammo and firearm lobby, which has no demonstrated wildlife conservation expertise, from the council
3. Ensure that species listed on the ESA retain the protections that they need

A quick note to Interior Secretary Zinke could help iconic wildlife species, including lions, elephants and giraffes. 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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Protect ocean animals

Protect ocean animals

Stop this anti-wildlife bill in Congress now!

Powerful legislators are pushing a bill (H.R. 3668) in the U.S. House of Representatives that would be terrible for wildlife in this country.

The SHARE (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement) Act is packed with measures that, among other things, would preclude commonsense, science-based regulation of hunting on public lands.

The bill includes provisions that would strip Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from gray wolves, expand inhumane and dangerous trapping on public land, expand migratory bird hunting at a time when these avian species need even more protection, and prevent the federal government from regulating lead in bullets and fishing tackle.

We can’t allow Congress to declare open-season on wildlife.

The SHARE Act was, unfortunately, approved by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, and it will soon be considered by the full House. We need your help to make sure it goes no further.

It’s as easy as letting your U.S. representative know that you care about wildlife and that this bill is unacceptable. Fill out the form to the right and feel free to customize our pre-written email. Urge your representative to vote against the bill and do all they can to defeat it.

#OneActForAll to save wildlife

Your one act can save wildlife

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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.

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 is currently being reviewed by USFWS for merit. Soon they 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!