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
September 5, 2014
Once hunted to the brink of extinction, gray wolves are again caught in the crosshairs. Here's a look at one of nature's most misunderstood creatures and the fight to protect them.
August 22, 2014
About 30,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks, but ending the trade in ivory could save elephants from extinction.
August 20, 2014
Before getting a pet turtle, consider the risks to your health, the earth and the animals.
August 15, 2014
Digging for Their Lives: An HSUS-Backed Project in Florida Is Unearthing Thousands of Threatened Gopher Tortoises, Saving Them from a Cruel Fate
An HSUS-backed project in Florida is unearthing thousands of threatened gopher tortoises, saving them from being buried alive underneath new housing developments.