Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ACTION: HELP Protect the Bobcats!

In just a few weeks, delegates from 175 countries that have signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will meet to discuss more than 40 proposals to increase or decrease protection for internationally-traded animal and plant species.

For the fourth time, the United States is proposing REMOVING CITES PROTECTION for BOBCATS. In the past, their proposal has failed or they have withdrawn it in the face of strong opposition. Please help us ensure it fails again, by telling the US government to withdraw its proposal to remove international protection for bobcats!

The bobcat, one of only two iconic American wild cat species, is the most heavily traded cat species in the world. More than 50,000 bobcats are trapped and killed each year so their skins, or items made from their skins, can be traded internationally.

Bobcats were first listed on CITES Appendix II because their skins cannot be distinguished from those of other lynx species, some of which are critically endangered. Delisting bobcats would reduce control of the trade in their fur and leave other small spotted wild cats more vulnerable to illegal international trade.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is once again bowing to pressure from trappers who want to sell bobcat skins internationally without any federal or international regulation. We cannot let a small group of people who profit from killing these animals for their skins remove international protection for wild cats everywhere! ACR is urging our members to write to the US Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar, and tell him to withdraw the proposal to remove international protection of bobcats.

CONTACT:


US Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, Mr. Ken Salazar
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

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