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Take action to support greater protections for pangolins

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 small, scale-covered, ant-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.

Luckily, pangolins received some good news from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) last month. Our petition received an official, positive “90-day finding.” This finding is just the first hurdle in the long ESA listing process, but it means that the US government will conduct 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 step in stopping the trade of pangolins through an “Endangered” designation. According to government data, thousands of pangolin products are imported into the U.S. every year.

FWS is now asking for comments from the public to help them make that decision. 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!

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Take action to support greater protections for elephants

Last month, elephants received some much needed good news:

Our petition to list African elephants as “Endangered” under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) received a positive 90-day finding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This is an important step in the long ESA listing process. It means the US government will conduct 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 once and for all.

The Fish & Wildlife Service is now asking for comments from the public to help them make the decision on whether to protect elephants further. 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 today!

An Endangered listing is fully supported by the scientific data, and represents the strongest step the federal government can take to protect African elephants under US law. It should be noted that such a listing would increase existing protections so that it would be illegal to buy or sell even non-antique items containing ivory, and would make those items illegal to transport into and out of the country, controversially including items such as non-antique musical instruments made with ivory.

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A critical colony of around 200 koalas near Ballina, New South Wales, Australia is at risk of extinction from a highway upgrade. Our efforts so far have forced the Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt to stall Stage 10 of the Pacific Highway, insisting on further studies before making his decision. These studies are now with the Minister.

We have serious concerns and feel the science may have been manipulated to meet the desired objective. Everyone agrees that these koalas are already in severe decline, with the biggest threat being road kill. A four-lane highway will not protect this population. These koalas need help not a highway!

Send a message to Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt asking him to protect these iconic koalas not sign their death warrant.

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Save the last 300 elephants of Mali

The Gourma region of central Mali, Western Africa is home to one of the last herds of desert elephants. Like other elephants in Africa, they’re disappearing at an alarming rate. But Mali’s desert elephants could go extinct much sooner than others.

Poachers killed more than 80 desert elephants in 2015, with 16 more killed just since January. These special elephants could be gone in three years unless the Malian government does more to protect them from poachers.

Tell Mali’s Environment Minister, Sir Ousmane Koné, to take action to save the last 300 elephants of Mali now.

Your message to the Environment Minister will help save elephants. We have prepared a template email for you to send as is, or with your own respectful comments included.

Take action now

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.

End Canada’s commercial seal hunt

It’s time for Canada’s commercial seal hunt to end.

Every spring, seal pups between 3 weeks and 3 months of age are brutally shot, clubbed and skinned. Their carcasses are left to rot on the ice or dumped into the ocean.

Seals are dying needlessly for an industry that wouldn’t exist but for government subsidies. Most of the world no longer needs or wants seals products. Still the killing continues.

Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has a historic opportunity to end the commercial seal hunt once and for all.

Please take action today to save seals.

Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Hunter Tootoo to develop a plan to buy out commercial sealing licenses, and end the commercial seal hunt now.

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.

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Many independent organizations along the coast of the US rescue and collect data from stranded dolphins, whales and seals, helping the US government to fulfill their mandate to protect these animals.

The John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program was established to provide critical funding for marine mammal rescue and research. But this federal grant support for marine mammal stranding response has been cut by almost 73 percent since 2000.

The cuts in funding have resulted in a decline in capacity for the stranding network, which goes to extreme lengths to save animals in crisis. Funding cuts have also reduced our ability to collect important biological data about stranded animals. The data are used to monitor the health of our coastal oceans - critical habitat for commercial fish and shellfish species.

These same cuts can also endanger people's lives. Early warning signs of harmful algal blooms may go undetected. Also, when there are no trained, authorized responders, well-meaning members of the public often take matters into their own hands, putting themselves at risk for wounds and the transmission of zoonotic diseases.

Please urge your U.S. Senators and Representative to restore funding for the Prescott Grant Program, so that this vital rescue work can continue.

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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 Balinese officials to stop the mass killings.

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