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Tell Congress: Don't Cut Conservation Funding

Right now, your Members of Congress are turning their attention to next year's federal budget and beginning to make decisions on what to fund, where to cut, and where to spend more.

The President's budget proposal for the coming year would strip much of the assistance the US provides to developing countries, including funding that is critical to protecting wildlife and wild places. Cutting foreign assistance programs and undermining conservation won't just hurt our ability to protect wildlife—it will harm local communities, undermine rural development, and hurt our efforts to create a more safe and stable world.

The good news is that Congress just passed a 2018 bill that rejected deep cuts proposed by the President and protected funding for international conservation. Send the below letter to your Senators, and let them know you appreciate their support for these programs—and that we need them to step up again to do the same for the coming year.

Dear [Your U.S. Senator],

I stand with World Wildlife Fund and encourage you to reject proposed cuts to important US foreign assistance programs, including those that fund international conservation programs around the world.

I thank you for the Senate's strong support for these programs in the final 2018 funding bill, including important conservation and anti-wildlife trafficking programs funded through USAID, the State Department, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Global Environment Facility. I ask you to continue to demonstrate that support and reject any proposed cuts to these programs as funding decisions begin to take shape for fiscal year 2019.

The international conservation programs funded by the US government are helping to combat the illegal trade in wildlife, timber and illegal fish, protect the health of our tropical forests and our oceans, and improve the ability of developing communities to manage their natural resources in a way that allows them to grow and prosper over the long term.

By disrupting transnational organized crime, fostering local democracy and good government, and promoting sustainable economic growth in partner countries, these programs help make our own country more safe, more secure, and more able to compete and prosper in global markets.

Supporting US foreign assistance is smart domestic policy, and international conservation is an important and effective part of those investments.

I strongly support US funding for international conservation and efforts to combat the illegal trade in wildlife, timber and fish. I ask you to reject cuts to U.S. foreign assistance overall and to support funding international conservation programs at no less than their current levels in appropriations for fiscal year 2019.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

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