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URGENT – Oppose rollback of critical wildlife protections

Congress is considering a joint resolution (H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18 ) to eliminate important protections for bears, wolves and other species on national wildlife refuges in Alaska.

In 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued a rule (with IFAW’s individual and coalition support) to protect native wildlife—bears, wolves, and other iconic species—on national wildlife refuges (NWR) in Alaska from inhumane and nonselective hunting and trapping practices.

The rule prohibits certain unsporting and irresponsible practices authorized by the Alaska Board of Game for taking native wildlife on the state’s national wildlife refuges. These practices include: killing black bears, including young cubs and mothers, at den sites; using bait to attract and kill brown bears; relying on cruel body-gripping traps and snares to kill black and brown bears; aerial tracking and gunning of black and brown bears; taking wolves and coyotes during the denning season when they are likely to be caring for young; and killing native predators even where such take is in consistent with refuge purposes. Each of these practices threatens target and non-target animals with inhumane capture and killing, disrupts ecosystems, and runs counter to traditional fair chase principles.

Now, H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18 threatens to reopen the door to these cruel and ecologically damaging practices.

Rescinding the Alaska NWR rule and turning over wildlife management decisions to the State of Alaska would make hunting a priority above all others on Alaska’s refuges, despite the fact that the vast majority of visitors to national wildlife refuges are not hunters. It would interfere with the rights of all Americans to enjoy land and wildlife in national wildlife refuges that are supposed to be managed for our shared benefit.

The U.S. House passed H.J. Res. 69, despite fierce opposition from the public and many members of Congress. The measure will now go to the Senate, where we will continue the fight to defeat it. Please contact your senators today and urge them to oppose H.J. Res. 69 / S.J. Res. 18.

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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!

Australia's new Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg signed the death warrant on the Ballina 200 on the very day he was sworn into office.

Please email Minister Frydenberg to let him know that, despite the road being built, Ballina's koalas still have friends who will be watching out for them as the bulldozers rumble in.

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.

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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!

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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.