Federal Issue Brief

 H.R. 3510/ S. 3208, Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act

AVMA Position:

Support 

Summary:

Introduced by Congressman Michael Grimm (NY-13th) and Senator Rob Portman (OH), H.R. 3510/S. 3208 would reauthorize the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act of 2010 for 4 additional years, and allow for 5 stamp depictions, including an African or Asian elephant, a rhinoceros, a tiger, a marine turtle, or a great ape.

Background:

  • The Multinational Species Conservation Funds (MSCF) are administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and has established the United States as the only international donor nation making targeted investments in species conservation globally for tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and sea turtles.
  • The AVMA is a member of the Multinational Species Coalition that works to gain support for these programs. 
  • The Save Vanishing Species Semipostal Stamp was first authorized by the MSCF Semipostal Stamp Act of 2010, and was the first semipostal stamp dedicated to wildlife and conservation.
  • Since 1989 the MSCF has awarded over 1,800 grants in 75 countries supporting wildlife conservation.
  • MSCF Funds have a history of leveraging three to four dollars of outside investment for every one dollar funded by the US government.

Justification:

  • Continued funding for the conservation programs the semipostal stamp supports is a critical component in protecting these endangered and threatened species from further population reductions and facilitating their survival in their native habitats. 
  • The semipostal stamp creates a market-based revenue source for support of the MSCF.
  • The legislation does not utilize any tax dollars.

Current Status:

H.R. 3510: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.

S. 3208: Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

AVMA Contact: 

Dr. Whitney Miller, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations Division, 202-289-3211.