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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Introduces Bill To Support Wildlife Conservation

March 10, 2017
Press Release
Bi-partisan legislation extends stamp program focused on providing funds to protect endangered wildlife

Washington, DC—March 10, 2017.... Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) helped advance the protection of endangered animals by introducing the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act. This bill extends the availability of the Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp, a special postage stamp that helps fund conservation programs for endangered animals at no cost to the taxpayer.

Congressman Donovan said, “I want my daughter to grow up in a world where the animals she learns about in the classroom, or sees at a zoo, can still be found in the wild. This legislation is a small step in helping ensure our wildlife will be preserved for future generations.  Just last week, we celebrated World Wildlife Day to highlight the importance of conservation, and we must commit to these efforts every day. I look forward to helping pass this bill.”

“The Save Vanishing Species stamp makes the act of conserving wildlife as easy as mailing a letter,” said John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs. “Over the past six years, we’ve seen that the stamp is a win-win; we have increased the financial support for conserving some of our most iconic, endangered species and engaged everyday Americans in the cause. I thank our Congressional champions for continuing this bipartisan, fiscally responsible way to help wildlife.”

The Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp enables consumers to support wildlife conservation every time they purchase a stamp. The stamp – which is also known as the “Tiger Stamp” – costs 13 cents more than a normal first-class stamp. The revenues from the stamp are allocated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds for tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes and sea turtles.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, more than 30 million specialty stamps have been sold since their introduction in 2011, raising more than $2.9 million. The funds have supported more than 3,500 grants in more than 54 countries to help save endangered species from extinction. A recent World Wildlife Fund report found that the global populations of vertebrates mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012.

This bill extends the sale of these stamps for an additional four years.

This legislation is part of Donovan’s continued efforts to protect wildlife. Donovan has regularly been recognized for his animal advocacy and has been honored by both PETA and the Humane Society.