Money from “Save Vanishing Species” stamp to go to hunters and
By Robin Lawless
Don’t be fooled by the adorable tiger cub on the front of these
stamps. The stamp called Save Vanishing Species is being advertised as
way to support endangered species as the 11 extra cents from each
stamp is being donated to the Multinational Species Conservation Funds
(MSCF), which is described on a press release as a “an alliance of
conservationists, zoos, veterinarians, animal welfare groups, circuses
Wait minute, sportsmen? Circuses? Yes, it turns out the so-called
animal advocates that will be benefitting from the sale of this stamp
includes the Safari Club International, an organization that support
hunters, and The Feld Organization, which owns Ringling Brothers.
How these blatantly anti-animal welfare groups were included with true
animal conservation groups like of the Jane Goodall Institute, Born
Free USA, and The World Wildlife Fund, and will ultimately benefit
from the sale of this stamp, is beyond belief.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the Bronx Zoo, said on
their website they have been working for 10 years to pass legislation
to create the stamps. Perhaps they reached out to these organizations
for some political clout. An e-mail to Wildlife Conservation Society Executive Vice President of
Public Affairs John Calvelli has remained unanswered.
Previous stamps that have been sold to benefit causes have netted
millions of dollars for organizations researching breast cancer and
bringing awareness to domestic violence.
The stamps will be sold at U.S. post offices nationwide this September
as well as at institutions like zoos and aquariums.
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