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Tell your members of Congress: Cosponsor the Multinational Species Conservation Fund Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act today.

Tell Congress: Renew the Stamp

The Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp, aka the Tiger Stamp, is an easy and effective way to generate funding for vulnerable wildlife—in fact, they’ve already generated over $5.7 million to support conservation programs across the world. However, the stamp’s longevity is under severe threat, since the law directing the U.S. Postal Service to sell the stamp expired in 2017.

That’s why it’s essential for Congress to pass the Multinational Species Conservation Fund Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act today. Congress must act now to ensure it remains on sale, ensuring key conservation funding for years to come.

Tell Congress: renew the Save Vanishing Species stamp now. Thank you for protecting wildlife and wild places.

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Cosponsor the Multinational Species Conservation Fund Semipostal Stamp
Dear Member of Congress,

As your constituent and a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society, I am writing to urge you to cosponsor the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act. Introduced by Sens. Rob Portman and Tom Carper in the Senate and soon to be introduced by Reps. Jim Costa and John Katko in the House, this legislation would renew the Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp, which benefits global priority species such as tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and turtles, without any burden on the U.S. taxpayer.

The “Tiger Stamp,” so-called because of its depiction of an Amur tiger cub, allows members of the public to voluntarily support conservation through the purchase of a postage stamp at a price slightly above the First Class Mail rate. The additional monies – currently 17 cents per stamp – go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to implement Congressionally-created Multinational Species Conservation Fund (MSCF), a group of five programs that support the conservation of several of the planet's most iconic species. Design, production, and marketing of the stamp all come at no expense to the taxpayer; under the original law, all of these costs were recaptured before FWS received any proceeds.

Since the Tiger Stamp first went on sale in 2011, over 50 million have been sold, raising $5.7 million for international conservation efforts. This creative funding mechanism has supported about 100 projects in 35 countries around the world, leveraging close to $19 million in funding from outside sources. These projects have supported efforts to resolve human-animal conflicts, protect critical habitat, support conservation education, and to combat poaching and wildlife trafficking, which evidence increasingly ties to transnational criminal networks and extremist groups.

The law directing the U.S. Postal Service to sell the stamp has expired. Congress needs to act now to ensure that this important tool to fund the conservation of iconic species can continue while copies of the Stamp remain. Thank you for your consideration of my request.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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