October 12, 2012
Save the Stamp that Saves Species
Right now, the global wildlife poaching crisis has reached epidemic levels and stopping it requires all of us to do our part. Rangers are serving on the front lines, protecting wildlife. WWF is working with U.S. officials to combat illegal wildlife trade. And thousands of Americans like you are helping save those same species one stamp at a time through the U.S. Postal Service’s Save Vanishing Species stamp.
However, despite raising more than $1.5 million over the last year to protect rhinos, tigers and elephants at no cost to the federal government, the Save Vanishing Species stamp could itself vanish if Congress doesn’t vote to renew it before they adjourn in December.
At a time when the wildlife species we love are facing the worst threats to their survival we have ever seen, ending programs that help to save them is the last thing we should do. Critical funds generated by the stamp mean more rangers on the ground, more training for park guards and fewer animals lost to poachers.
A simple vote to extend the life of the Save Vanishing Species stamp could literally mean the difference between life and death for these animals.
Make your voice heard.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.