On Monday, September 8th 2014 Congress kept the Save Vanishing Species Stamp alive! After a brief halt with the stamp last Fall, Senate bill S.231 passed through the House of Representatives. The bill has been placed on the President’s desk and will be signed into law at any moment!
Since its induction in 2011, the Save Vanishing Species Stamp has raised over $2.5 million towards conservation efforts to help save tigers, African and Asian elephants, rhinos, great apes, and marine turtles. The stamp sells for 55 cents a piece, with 9 cents going towards the Multinational Conservation Species Fund that saves these animals.
Money raised by the stamp has gone to grants that have supported conservation efforts in over 30 countries through 47 different projects! These efforts include on-the-ground hiring and training of anti-poaching units, educating communities on wildlife crime prevention, and more. With less than 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild today, programs like this give us hope for the future of our mascot.
The National Tigers for Tigers Coalition has worked this past year to push for reauthorization of the stamp, and because of your support even more projects will be implemented to save the tiger from extinction. Through our #SavetheStamp campaign this past Summer, several letters were sent out on YOUR behalf! This just goes to show the kind of positive impact you can have in making a difference in the conservation world. We still need your help to #SaveourMascot now more than ever. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen! Go Tigers!