Legislative Action Center
Join us in the fight to end wildlife trafficking. As constituents, you can cast your vote for conservation through actions like calling your legislators, writing letters, or attending rallies. Be a voice for the voiceless. Your elected officials are listening.
View our current calls to action below.
Support H.R.2811/S.1106, the “Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act”
For more than 400 million years sharks have played a vital role in maintaining healthy oceans. Unfortunately, shark populations are decreasing as a result of bycatch and overfishing, largely fueled by the shark fin trade. The demand for shark fins has led to the practice of finning – the act of cutting the fins off a shark and discarding the body at sea to drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish. However, sharks are valuable for more than just their fins. It is estimated that individuals spend more than $314 million globally on shark ecotourism, and it is anticipated that this number could double in the next twenty years.
Bipartisan legislation, the “Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act,” would make the possession, sale, and purchase of shark fins illegal acts in the United States. This important bill would protect sharks, remove the United States from the fin trade, and empower the United States to encourage other countries to do the same.
We need your help to let Congress know about the importance of this legislation to conserve global shark populations. Please send a message to your representative and senators urging them to cosponsor H.R.2811/S.1106, the “Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act.”
Support H.R. 5996/S. 3211, the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Reauthorization and Improvements Act
The illegal trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products exacerbates corruption, destabilizes communities, and undermines economies. This multibillion-dollar illegal trade also is linked to other criminal activities including trafficking in humans, weapons, and narcotics. Since becoming law in 2016, the bipartisan END Wildlife Trafficking Act has helped to disrupt of wildlife trafficking networks. It also has supported a coordinated approach by the U.S. agencies to address this issue globally through country-specific and regional initiatives.
H.R. 5996/S. 3211, the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Reauthorization and Improvements Act, is bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the duties of the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and related reports on major wildlife trafficking countries. It also would expand the role of technology and private sector partners in anti-trafficking efforts. The bill would provide additional legal authorities for U.S. government agencies to prosecute wildlife trafficking cases and strengthen existing measures to ensure U.S. government funds do not benefit security forces that have a record of committing human rights violations.
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums work closely with government and international partners to combat wildlife trafficking. The U.S. government can make a difference for trafficked species if it takes strong and urgent action.
Please contact your lawmakers to encourage them to cosponsor this important wildlife legislation.
Support H.R. 151/S. 37, the Preventing Future Pandemics Act
H.R. 151/S. 37, the “Preventing Future Pandemics Act,” would help reduce the risks of zoonotic disease transmission that can lead to pandemics by:
- Giving the State Department additional tools to address wildlife markets and the global wildlife trade for human consumption.
- Authorizing funding for USAID to help communities that rely on consumption of wildlife for food security to develop safer and sustainable alternative animal and plant sourced foods and directing the agency to increase its activities in zoonotic disease surveillance, protecting biodiversity strongholds, and combating wildlife trafficking.
- Prohibiting the import, export, and sale of live wildlife in the United States for purposes of human consumption as food or medicine.
- Increasing resources for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement to expand its attaché program.
Please send a message to your representative and senators urging them to cosponsor this important legislation.
Support H.R. 263, the “Big Cat Public Safety Act”
Private ownership of tigers and other big cats as vanity pets or for commercial exploitation in poorly run facilities is a serious animal welfare problem and poses real dangers to both people and animals. The “Big Cat Public Safety Act” would strengthen existing law to prohibit the possession of tigers, lions, and other big cat species except by qualified entities. It also would place restrictions on public contact with these species and would curb the use of commercial photo-ops, petting, and similar activities that undermine animal care and welfare.
Please send a message to your representative encouraging them to cosponsor the “Big Cat Public Safety Act.”
Support H.R. 6059, the “Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act”
The poaching and illegal trafficking of ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife products exacerbates corruption, destabilizes communities, and undermines tourism-based economies. The “Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act” is bipartisan legislation that would strengthen federal enforcement against poachers, traffickers, and the global trade in illegal wildlife and seafood products. Among other provisions, it also would provide monetary incentives for whistleblowers to provide actionable intelligence on global wildlife trafficking rings.
AZA-accredited facilities work closely with government and international partners to combat wildlife trafficking. The U.S. government can make a difference for elephants, rhinos, and other trafficked species if it takes strong and urgent action.
We need your help to increase support for the “Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act.” Please send a message to your representatives urging them to cosponsor this important bill.