Subject: Don’t cut funding that protects Africa’s wildlife
President Trump and Congress,
I’m a member of African Wildlife Foundation’s community of wildlife advocates and one of the millions of people who want to live in a world where elephants, big cats, apes, and other wildlife thrive in Africa.
I am horrified to learn that vital programs to protect these endangered species are facing severe cuts to save what amounts to a tiny fraction of the federal budget. These drastic cuts jeopardize USAID’s programs for Biodiversity Conservation and combating international wildlife crime.
With less funding, African Wildlife Foundation – one of the world’s oldest and most trusted conservation organizations – will have to reduce or eliminate programs that stop the slaughter of elephants and rhinos, protect wildlife habitat, give hungry families livelihood alternatives to killing apes for bushmeat, identify and apprehend wildlife traffickers, and deploy sniffer dogs to catch ivory smugglers.
Africa’s wildlife already faces extraordinary threats to survival. Elephants, rhinos, gorillas, lions and other iconic creatures need more help… not less. Please reject these drastic cuts from the proposed budget and join us in the fight to save the world’s most beloved species. Thank you.