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
January 27, 2015
Animal protection and conservation organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act as threatened throughout the contiguous United States, with the exception of the Mexican gray wolf which remains listed as endangered.
January 12, 2015
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed House Bill 4226, which would have legalized bobcat hunting and trapping in the state.
December 12, 2014
Following the Nov. 30 illegal killing of a Hawaiian monk seal on the Northeast coast of Kaua‘i, animal welfare and conversation groups are seeking the public’s help to protect the island’s monk seals.
October 24, 2014
Rays of Hope: Humane Society International Helps Implement Historic New Protections for Sharks and Rays
Humane Society International helps implement historic new protections for sharks and rays