By: Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division
On Sept. 19, President Obama signed into law a bill that continues to raise millions of dollars for the conservation of endangered species.
Best known as the “Tiger Stamp,” sales from the “Save Vanishing Species” semi-postal stamp have eclipsed $2.5 million since it went on sale in September 2011. Nine cents from each sale helps to support programs that protect rhinos, African and Asian elephants, great apes, marine turtles, and of course, tigers.
The AVMA, along with the Multinational Species Coalition—a group that brings together a diverse group of organizations with the goal of protecting key endangered species—has been advocating for this legislation. The organizations hoped that the stamp renewal would continue to support work in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders – Species Programs, which works with partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and other areas of the world to help conserve and manage species.
The U.S. Postal Service has not yet announced when the tiger stamp will be released for sale.