Stamped for Approval: Senate Passes Stamp Bill to Raise Funds for USFWS Conservation Programs
Late last week we received good news from Congress:
Before breaking for their August recess, the Senate passed the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act. This bill reauthorizes a special postage stamp to benefit conservation programs for six years.
An earlier stamp authorized by this legislation, the Saving Vanishing Species stamp, depicted an endangered Amur tiger cub and cost just a few cents more than a standard first-class stamp, but it netted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) millions of dollars in bonus conservation funds from Americans eager to pitch in.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) would like to thank Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) for fast-tracking passage of the legislation and for engaging American citizens and consumers in the USFWS’s international conservation efforts. This swift, bipartisan show of support for conservation efforts is heartening to members of the wildlife conservation community.
The USFWS is often stretched thin, yet their work to preserve species that teeter on the brink of extinction is invaluable.