Tell Congress to Fund Vital Sea Turtle Projects by APRIL 1st!
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We need you to convince Congress to increase funding for the Marine Turtle Conservation Act (MTCA). The
MTCA directs the U.S. government to fund international conservation
projects protecting nesting sea turtles and their habitat, and will
help to thwart illegal trade in sea turtle shell, meat and eggs
It ensures that the successes of ongoing sea turtle conservation
efforts in the U.S. are not lost when the animals migrate through other
countries. The MTCA is doing great for turtles… but it could do so
Funds for the MTCA are appropriated each year by Congress. Funding for
sea turtle projects lag behind the money spent to protect other
endangered species. With your help, we can begin to bring the MTCA into
greater equality with the other older programs for elephants, rhinos,
tigers, and great apes. TAKE ACTION BY APRIL 1ST!
Contact your Congressional Representative's Washington DC office via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or go to https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml SAMPLE LETTER / PHONE CALL: Dear (insert the name of your Representative here):
I urge you to sign a Dear Colleague letter to the Interior
Appropriations Subcommittee in support of the Multinational Species
Conservation Funds (MSCF) for this year. These funds safeguard marine
turtles, elephants, tigers, rhinos, great apes, and neo-tropical
migratory birds from extinction. A letter of support for these
programs is being circulated by Representatives George Miller, Don
Young, Madeleine Bordallo and Henry Brown.
These funds have an excellent record of success, despite continuing
threats from disease, poverty, insurgency, and natural disasters. I
urge you to request $2.75 Million each for the Marine Turtle Fund,
Asian Elephant Fund, African Elephant Fund, and the Great Apes Fund; $4
Million for the combined Rhino-Tiger Fund; $6.5 Million for the
Neo-tropical Migratory Bird Fund; and $4 Million for the Wildlife
Without Border Program.
The Marine Turtle Conservation Fund especially needs more support, as
grant requests have far outstripped the resources of this newest
program. Over the last five years only about a quarter of the marine
turtle applications have been funded. The grants which have been made
to date have protected thousands of vulnerable turtles.
The deadline for signatures is April 1, 2009. Signatures are being
collected by Ben Miller (202-225-2095) on Congressman George Miller's
Sincerely, Add (Your name and address)