Congress Introduces a Conservation Reauthorization Bill Early in the Session

By: Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division

On its first day in the 113th Congress, the House introduced legislation that will reauthorize funds to protect and preserve several landmark species.

Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) introduced H.R. 39—the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act—on Jan. 3, and it has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill reauthorizes three of five conservation funds administered by the Wildlife Without Borders program, which  awards grants to efforts aimed at conserving globally valued endangered species found outside U.S. borders.  The species currently supported by these grants are: tigers, Asian and African elephants, great apes, rhinos, and marine turtles.

H.R. 39 authorizes appropriations for the African elephant, rhinoceros and tiger, and Asian elephant conservation acts.

The AVMA is a member of the Multinational Species Coalition, which regularly works to gain support for these conservation programs and will urge Congress to pass H.R. 39.

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