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WWF: Legislation to Extend Save Vanishing Species Stamp More Critical Than Ever

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President for Conservation Strategy and Science, in response to the introduction of the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act (H.R. 262), which would extend the life of the U.S. Postal Service’s Save Vanishing Species semi-postal stamp for an additional 6 years:

“I commend Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and his 31 cosponsors for introducing H.R. 262, which will ensure that the Save Vanishing Species stamp continues to be available to U.S. consumers. This bill would extend a popular and successful program that is helping to protect global wildlife, including elephants, tigers and rhinos. WWF urges its quick passage.

“By providing concerned Americans the opportunity to support endangered wildlife with every piece of mail they send, the Save Vanishing Species stamp has already generated nearly $2 million for wildlife conservation at no additional cost to American taxpayers. With more than 18 million stamps sold so far, the program has also proven to be a source of much-needed funding for U.S. efforts to tackle the growing global poaching crisis.”

“Rep. Grimm’s bill is cost-effective, bipartisan and comes at a critical time, especially in light of the alarming and sad news of 668 rhinos poached in South Africa alone in 2012 – a staggering 50 percent increase from the previous year.

“By extending the life of this program, Congress will be helping to support innovative solutions to stop wildlife crime and conserve the most at-risk species on the planet. WWF looks forward to working with Rep. Grimm and other champions of wildlife to pass this important legislation.”

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