Urge Congress to Help Save Great Cats and Rare Canids!

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Lions, leopards, jaguars, wolves - these magnificent and iconic species face numerous threats, including poaching, poisoning and habitat destruction. Around the world, our great carnivore populations are declining dramatically – and they need our help.

Conservation-minded members of Congress have just reintroduced legislation to help protect great cats and canids around the world. The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2007 would assist in the conservation of rare cat and canine populations outside the United States. This legislation covers 13 species of felids and canids, from the endangered Snow Leopard of Central Asia to the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf.

This legislation is modeled after the highly successful Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF), which provide critical funding for species such as tigers, elephants, and rhinos. The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act would create an additional fund to augment the MSCF, thus expanding the United States' global conservation work to include conservation of imperiled cats and canids.

Sign this petition to ask your senators and representative to support the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2007!
I am writing to urge you to support the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act of 2007 to save the great cats and rare canids of the world.

Like many of your other constituents, I care about protecting rare species like clouded leopards, jaguars, snow leopards and African wild dogs so future generations will one day be able to enjoy them. This legislation in the House (H.R. 1464) -- sponsored by Reps. Mark Udall, Harold Rogers, Ed Royce, John Tanner and others -- and in the Senate (S. 1033) -- sponsored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, Sam Brownback and Barbara Boxer -- will do just that.
Through the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, the bipartisan bills would provide financial resources for 13 feline and canine species outside the United States that are recognized as endangered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The bills would also foster international cooperation for conservation initiatives.

Because many countries lack the resources to conserve species within their borders, conservation of these great cat and rare canine species requires a global effort. These bills are supported by a wide variety of wildlife conservation organizations, sportsmen and women, zoos and aquariums and citizens like me from across the nation.

Again, please help protect these magnificent creatures and support H.R. 1464 and S. 1033. Thank you for considering my comments.
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