Name: Saving America's Endangered Species (SAVES) Act
Bill Number: HR 2603/S 2778
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 not native to the United States but still
vulnerable to exploitation by researchers, zoos, private owners and game
reserves. Species affected include chimpanzees, elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers
and many other threatened or endangered species. The SAVES Act would also make
it difficult to regulate illegal wildlife trafficking
in the form of trophies and animal parts within the country, because the bills
remove the domestic law that gives authority to U.S. officials to enforce
protections against illegal wildlife trafficking contained in the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES).
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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 and S 2778. 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: these bills would make it difficult to regulate illegal wildlife trafficking by removing the domestic law that gives authority to U.S. officials to enforce the protections contained in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES). Please oppose the passage of this bill and help preserve the Endangered Species Act.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]