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Authorize Government Funding for Wildlife Conservation and New Genius Grants

Authorize Government Funding for Wildlife Conservation and New Genius Grants

Name: Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act

Bill Number: S 826

The WILD Act would reauthorize government funding for wildlife conservation programs in order to protect endangered species and assist in invasive species management. It would also establish annual prizes under the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize competitions. The Genius Prizes of $100,000 will be awarded in the areas of:

  • Prevention of wildlife poaching and trafficking;
  • Promotion of wildlife conservation;
  • Management of invasive species;
  • Protection of endangered species; and
  • Nonlethal management of human-wildlife conflicts.

 

The U.S. Senate passed the WILD Act earlier this year, and various House Committees are considering it now.

 

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  1. Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support this legislation.
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Please Reauthorize Government Funding for Wildlife Conservation; Support Genius Awards

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for the WILD Act, S 826, which would reauthorize government funding for wildlife conservation programs in order to protect endangered species and assist in the management of invasive species. This bill would also encourage the development of technological innovations in order to promote wildlife conservation. The bill would establish annual Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prizes for innovations that assist in the prevention of illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking, wildlife conservation, management of invasive species, protection of endangered species and nonlethal management of human-wildlife conflicts.

The illegal ivory and rhino horn trade has resulted in a steep decline in elephant and rhino populations over the last several decades. Sea turtles and tigers are also heavily poached for their shells and skins while gorilla populations have sharply declined due to habitat loss. All of these animals and many more will benefit from the passage of the WILD Act.

Please give your support to this legislation.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]