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Last week, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced that it will be forming the International Wildlife Conservation Council. Despite this friendly sounding name, the real agenda of the council is 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 ammo 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Trophy hunting is a violent outdated hobby that few partake in or even approve of. A recent nationwide poll found that 87% of Americans don’t support trophy hunting of endangered species.

The U.S. government should focus on improving habitat conservation, preventing poaching, and reducing human-wildlife conflict for endangered species – not promoting a cruel and inhumane practice and disguising it 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 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 gun lobby 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.

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!

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.