In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Save Vanishing Species Semi-postal Stamp, which provided crucial funding to support international conservation efforts for endangered species.
Citizens have voluntarily purchased more than 25 million stamps in less than 2 years, providing almost $2.5M to support projects by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for tigers, elephants, rhinos, great apes, and marine turtles.
Unfortunately, after December 2013, the U.S. Postal Service discontinued the sale and distribution of the stamp.
So what’s the big deal?
77 million unsold stamps still remain in post offices across the country which equates to about $7M in potential conservation dollars, if the U.S. Postal Service does not destroy the stamp. Why let those stamps go to waste due to government inaction?
The money raised from the stamp helps to finance the hiring and training of anti-poaching units, to provide logistical and technical aid to protected area managers, and to educate targeted groups on natural resource extraction and prevention of wildlife crimes. Why would we want to cut that success short?
The support this stamp has received so far serves as a testament to just how much the American public cares about saving species threatened with extinction. Additionally, this stamp puts much-needed funds in the hands of those who are best qualified to address this crisis and requires no federal funding.
Why does this matter if you are in a Tigers for Tigers club or attend a tiger mascot school?
The tiger is the history and legacy of our institutions and we take great pride in our mascot. The stamp provided us with an opportunity to make a difference. Many Tigers for Tigers clubs across the country got their university and local post offices to carry the Save Vanishing Species Stamp. This provided opportunities for university students, faculty, staff, alumni and tiger fans to participate in international conservation efforts to save our mascot.
Now there is an opportunity for us to raise our voice and seek re-authorization of the Save Vanishing Species Stamp.
Please join the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition in bringing the plight of tigers to the forefront of public awareness to rally financial support for their conservation. By endorsing the re-authorization of the Save Vanishing Species Stamp, you would be doing just that.
Click here to download our letter to send to Senator Carper, who can make a difference in Congress.
Where do we send the letter? Here is the address:
Senator Tom Carper
United States Senate
513 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
For more information about the Save Vanishing Species Stamp, please visit www.tigerstamp.com
We sincerely thank you for all of your support and efforts.
All the best,
The National Tigers for Tigers Coalition