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WCS: Senate’s failure to remove Arctic Refuge drilling from budget endangers one of America’s most pristine places

WASHINGTON (October 19, 2017) – Today, an amendment was offered to the Senate’s budget resolution that would have stopped the effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling as a means to fund other priorities, including tax cuts. That amendment failed, and the budget subsequently passed, signifying one step closer to irreparable damage to one of America’s last remaining pristine places. 

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Categories: Arctic Beringia

Congressman Engel Tours Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve in Belize

Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, BELIZE (October 19, 2017) – Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) visited the WCS research station at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve on a Congressional delegation to Belize last month. The focus of the trip was to survey the impact of U.S. foreign assistance programs on livelihoods and conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas.

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Congressional Efforts to Open up Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Would Despoil One of America’s Most Pristine Places

WASHINGTON (September 29, 2017) – Allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be an unnecessary and harmful despoiling of a place of great natural value to wildlife, to the people who rely on this land, and for the American public – both now and in the future.

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Categories: Arctic Beringia

House Vote to Defund Conflict Mineral Transparency Could Imperil Endangered Wildlife
WASHINGTON (September 14, 2017) – Today’s House vote on an amendment will dramatically undermine efforts to improve transparency around the mining of conflict minerals in the DRC and elsewhere. 

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Global Conservation Leaders Call on Congress to Reject Cuts to US Foreign Assistance
Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2017) – As three of the world’s largest international conservation organizations, WCS, TNC and WWF call on Congress to protect our country’s investments in foreign assistance and to adopt a budget that continues to support our nation’s legacy of global conservation and humanitarian leadership.

 

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Congress Pushing the Tiger Stamp... and Maybe an Elephant Stamp?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2017) – House and Senate conservation champions reintroduced bipartisan legislation to extend for four more years the enormously popular Save Vanishing Species postage stamp, also known as the Tiger Stamp, which raises funds for conservation. The House legislation also calls for the addition of a new African elephant stamp.

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Categories: Tigers

BAN THE BEADS: Microbeads-Free Waters Act Passes the Senate, on its Way to Becoming Law
WASHINGTON (December 18, 2015) – The Senate voiced its support for cleaner waterways and healthy wildlife by passing the Microbeads-Free Waters Act. The legislation, led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) in the House, bans the use of tiny plastic particles from use in certain personal care products that are harming aquatic wildlife and polluting waterways. The vote follows passage by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill will now go to the President for signature.

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New Wildlife Trafficking Bill Introduced in Senate

WASHINGTON (December 10, 2015) – WCS applauded the introduction of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act in the U.S. Senate. The legislation is led by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and would bolster wildlife trafficking law enforcement and increase support for wildlife rangers. 

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WASHINGTON (November 3, 2015) – WCS applauded today’s House passage of H.R. 2494, the Global Anti-Poaching Act, that would bolster wildlife trafficking law enforcement, including strengthening the prosecution of offenders under racketeering and money laundering laws and increasing support for wildlife rangers. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced the bill, which attracted 67 Democratic and 47 Republican co-sponsors.

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