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 the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act (ESA), which is recognized globally as a model for species preservation, has prevented the extinction of 99% of the species it protects since its inception in 1973. However, we know that the challenges facing the planet in the 21st century are as complex as they are urgent. Scientists estimate that the total number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish has declined by more than 50% since 1970, and many believe that we are living amidst the planet’s sixth mass extinction. Climate change threatens to accelerate this crisis. Without critical intervention today, we are facing the very real possibility of losing some of our planet’s most magnificent creatures such as cheetahs, elephants, gorillas, sea turtles, and sharks.
Support Legislation to Reauthorize the Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp
The Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp benefits the Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF), which support private-public partnerships to protect African and Asian elephants, great apes, marine turtles, rhinos, and tigers in their native habitats. MSCF programs help to sustain wildlife populations, address threats such as illegal poaching, reduce human-wildlife conflict, and protect essential habitat. By working with local communities, they also improve people’s livelihoods, contribute to local and regional stability, and support U.S. security interests in impoverished regions. The difference between the cost of the semipostal rate and the first class rate is transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which administers the MSCF. Since the stamp first went on sale in 2011, 50,784,806 have been sold, raising more than $5,700,000 million for international conservation efforts at no cost to U.S. taxpayers.
Support H.R. 2685, the “Wild Bird Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2019”
H.R. 2685 would reauthorize the “Wild Bird Conservation Act.” Signed into law in 1992, the act was a significant step in international conservation efforts to protect exotic birds subject to trade. It limits imports of exotic bird species to ensure that their populations are not harmed by international trade. It also encourages wild bird conservation programs in countries of origin by ensuring that trade in such species involving the United States is both biologically sustainable and of benefit to the species. H.R. 2685 would reauthorize the “Wild Bird Conservation Act” through 2025. Please send a message to your representative urging them to cosponsor this important legislation.
Support H.R. 864, the “Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act“
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. It also would engage whistleblowers in the fight to bring down global trafficking rings and provide dedicated funding for wildlife, marine mammal, sea/freshwater turtle, and shark conservation at no expense to American taxpayers.
Support H.R. 4341, the “Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Act”
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, more than 27,000 species are threatened with extinction due to several causes including habitat loss, disease, illegal trade, and environmental changes. Scientists estimate that the total number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish has declined by more than 50% since 1970, and many believe that we are living amidst the planet’s sixth mass extinction. Without critical intervention today, we are facing the very real possibility of losing some of our planet’s most magnificent creatures.
H.R. 4341, the “Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Act,” would reauthorize the Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Fund (CEACF) managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The CEACF previously funded more than 100 projects which addressed many key problems causing species decline. This program was responsible for supporting the conservation of animals including snow leopards, Andean cats, African penguins, and the white-backed vulture. H.R. 4341 would bring this critical component of conservation back into existence and support efforts to protect vulnerable species from further threats.
Help us support threatened and endangered wildlife by urging your representative to cosponsor H.R. 4341, the “Critically Endangered Animals Conservation Act.”
Support H.R.737/S.877 “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.