There are many ways that people can push wildlife populations toward extinction: destruction of habitat, pollution, hunting, and collection for food or sale to the pet, research, entertainment, or souvenir industries, etc. Fortunately, there are just as many ways that we can fight for these animals
Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, an "endangered" species is one in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its natural habitat. A "threatened" species is one likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.
Other federal laws protecting wild animals and their habitats include the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Wild Bird Conservation Act. States often have laws to protect imperiled species and the United States has signed many international agreements.
The HSUS is vigilant is assuring that laws are enforced and the species protected.
News & Events
June 30, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Denies Threatened Status for Gray Wolf, Rejecting Reasonable Compromise on Contentious Issue
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a petition that would reclassify most gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act as “threatened” throughout the contiguous United States.
June 12, 2015
New Protections for Captive Chimpanzees: Government Restricts Use In Biomedical Research, Entertainment and The Pet Trade
Captive chimps in the U.S. will have increased protections under a new regulation that recognizes their declining numbers in the wild and the conservation impacts of exploiting captive chimps.
June 10, 2015
Students in California lobby the state legislature to name endangered California red-legged frogs the state amphibian.
June 10, 2015
Manatees are loved by many—but they're still struggling to survive. Learn why they should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.