Friday, November 19, 2010

The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act

The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, introduced in 2009 and supported by a bipartisan group of Senators, would support the conservation of wild big cats and canine populations around the world. Building on the existing Multinational Species Conservation Funds, the bill aims to lessen poaching and smuggling, protect critical habitat, and support education related to these charismatic species in their home countries. If enacted, the bill will provide additional funding to private conservation organizations by as much as three to one.

Sponsored by Congressman Jay Inslee from Washington state, the Act would mean increased protections for twelve species of wild cats and dogs globally, including leopards, cheetahs, snow leopards, and African wild dogs. And they need protecting more than ever: 80% of the world's wild feline species are in decline according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as are 25% of wild canine species.

The Act has already passed The House by a vote of 290 to 118, but now it sits in The Senate. If Congress does not pass these bills before adjourning for the holidays, years of hard work will have to be repeated. All the while, wild cat and dog populations will continue to decline. 

Help us get this bill passed before it's too late!

Please contact your Senators now and ask them to protect wildlife and its habitat by urging Majority Leader Reid to bring The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act to the floor before the Senate adjourns.

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