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Misleading Legislation Will Undermine Efforts to Protect Endangered Animals

Misleading Legislation Will Undermine Efforts to Protect Endangered Animals 

Name: Saving America's Endangered Species (SAVES) Act

Bill Number: HR 2603

At first glance, the SAVES Act or “Saving America’s Endangered Species Act” seems to promote the goals of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, despite the misleading title, the bill would amend the ESA to deny crucial protections to wildlife that are not native to the United States but are still vulnerable to poaching and habitat loss. This includes chimpanzees, elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers and other threatened or endangered species. The bill would also protect the interests of trophy hunters by allowing them to freely bring animal trophies back to the U.S. and trade animal parts within the country, rather than contributing to the protection of animals who are on the path to extinction.


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Please Vote Against the SAVES Act and Help Defend the Endangered Species Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge that you vote against the SAVES Act, HR 2603. While the title of the bill suggests that it will contribute to the protection of animals, the bill would actually undermine the Endangered Species Act by eliminating crucial protections for animals not native to the United States.

Hundreds of animals around the world--including chimpanzees, elephants, rhinos and tigers--are at risk of extinction as a result of poaching and habitat destruction. Each year, the worldwide populations of these animals decrease at staggering rates due to wildlife trafficking, much of which occurs on U.S. soil.

Here is just one example of the detrimental impact the SAVES Act would have: currently, a federal regulation bans the trade of elephant ivory between states. The SAVES Act would undermine this rule and give poachers free reign to continue to traffic in animal parts while driving elephants and many other endangered animals to extinction.

Please oppose the passage of this bill and help preserve the Endangered Species Act.

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