Lions, tigers and a stamp!

The AVMA, as part of the Multinational Species Coalition, recently attended the event Saving Vanishing Species Stamp First-Day-Of-Issue ceremony at the Smithsonian National Zoo.

The event was attended by representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the United States Postal Service, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and representatives of the Multinational Species Fund Coalition.

AVMA, who strongly supported the legislation, along with coalition members lobbied and educated congressional staffs and Members on the critical need for conservation efforts to save endangered species such as elephants, rhinos, great apes, and tigers. The coalition was successful in getting the legislation, H.R. 1454, the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act of 2009 introduced and passed in Congress. President Obama signed the legislation into law in 2010.

The stamp is a special semipostal stamp, on sale for 55 cents, will benefit elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes and marine turtles under the FWS’ Wildlife Without Borders Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF). These funds award grants to efforts aimed at conserving these globally-valued endangered species found outside U.S. borders.

The AVMA is also supportive of legislation that will reauthorize the Multinational Species Conservation Fund programs in the 112th Congress.

For more information, make sure to read the October issue of The Advocate.

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