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WWF Welcomes Senate Legislation to Extend Save Vanishing Species Stamp

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Ginette Hemley, senior vice president for conservation strategy and science, in response to today’s introduction of the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act in the Senate. The bill is a companion to H.R. 262 and would extend the life of the U.S. Postal Service’s Save Vanishing Species semi-postal stamp for an additional 6 years:

“Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tom Udall (D-NM) should be commended for introducing this legislation which will ensure that the Save Vanishing Species stamp continues to be available to U.S. consumers. This popular and successful program is helping to protect global wildlife, including elephants, tigers and rhinos, and helping to stop wildlife crime.

“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.

“This 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.

“WWF looks forward to working with Senators Portman and Udall and Congressman Michael Grimm to pass this important legislation.”

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