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
December 6, 2013
Obama Administration Praised for Slowing Down Ships, Protecting Endangered Whales from Deadly Strikes
The Obama administration has announced that it is permanently requiring certain ships to slow down in designated areas to protect critically endangered right whales. The regulatory move makes permanent the reduced speed limits that have been in place during a five-year trial period, and comes in response to a legal petition submitted by animal protection and wildlife conservation groups, and drew praise from The Humane Society of the United States.
November 14, 2013
Michigan native Iggy Pop, a music legend and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has endorsed the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected campaign to stop the trophy hunting of wolves and restore the right of Michigan voters to have a say over wildlife policy. Michigan’s first wolf hunt in decades begins tomorrow.
October 23, 2013
For some vulnerable species, the battle for protection continues
October 23, 2013
In an era of mass extinctions, six resilient species show that humans can make a difference for the better
September 13, 2013
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately listed the southern white rhino as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, giving the species greater protection from poaching. With two or three rhinos poached every day for their horns, conservationists believe that within a few years’ time, there will be no more rhinos in the wild in Africa.
August 27, 2013
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to keep in place California’s law that bans the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state.
August 6, 2013
The Humane Society of the United States Applauds NOAA Decision to Deny Georgia Aquarium Application to Import 18 Wild-Caught Beluga Whales
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement praising a decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to deny an application to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales for public display at U.S. aquariums.
July 26, 2013
Fourteen major animal welfare, environmental and conservation organizations are applauding Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law A.1769b/S.1711b to end New York’s contribution to the dire collapse of shark populations worldwide.