Hello everyone. Since the last post NT4TC has been very busy. We are now expanding our campaign to ensure the re-authorization of the Tiger Stamp before the end of the Congressional fiscal year on September 31st by putting up posters in our local post offices. Buying a Tiger Stamp for only 9 cents more than a standard stamp is a great way to help save tigers in the wild. Since it was created in September of 2011, more than 21 million stamps have been sold, generating more than $2 million in funds to the save tigers and other endangered species. Not only does the stamp allow ordinary citizens to help save tigers but it also shows how much Americans care these beautiful and majestic creatures. You can help NT4TC’s campaign to re-authorize the Tiger stamp by buying the stamp at your local post office or tigerstamp.org and going to the take action page of our website: www.t4tcoalition.orgwhere you can contact your Congressional representatives by signing the Wildlife Conservation Society’s letter. NT4TC will be sending a press release out to newspapers across the country to raise awareness and support for the stamp in the near future so be on the lookout for that.We would also like to let you know about some exciting news. Two weeks ago, during his trip to Africa, President Obama issued an executive statement increasing America’s support in combating the international poaching plague that is ravaging animals throughout the world. In his executive order, Obama pledged $10 million and established a taskforce within the US government to develop a plan to dismantle the illegal wildlife trade throughout the world. According to Obama the executive order was needed because “the survival of protected wildlife species such as elephants, rhinos, great apes, tigers, sharks, tuna, and turtles has beneficial economic, social, and environmental impacts that are important to all nations.” This is great news for tigers and may help the NT4TC’s campaign to transfer $50 million to the USFWS’ Multinational Species Conservation Fund. You can read the full executive order at www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/01/executive-order-combating-wildlife-trafficking and express your support for his actions by mailing him a letter thanking him for showing leadership in conserving endangered species throughout the world including our beloved tiger. Hopefully, Obama’s actions will inspire Congress to follow his lead and approve the $50 million transfer to maximize the impact of campaign against wildlife trafficking.
In other exciting news, NT4TC national coordinator Sean Carnell has been given funding that will allow him to work full time for the coalition. Sean got a job as an advisor for the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA). His leadership has been instrumental in creating the national coalition and will guide us as we grow in size and influence.
We have begun our social media campaign to educate and inform people about tigers and the work that the coalition and other great organizations are doing to protect them. We have learned that the all-star game start by Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, a graduate of the University of Missouri and big supporter of tiger conservation, has had an amazing season going 13-1 so far this season. Max was given the honor of starting the all-star game, which the AL won 3-0. Not only is Max Scherzer a supporter of saving tigers, so is his team, the Detroit Tigers, who have shown support to re-authorize the Tiger Stamp!