Poaching is a deadly crime against wildlife. Wildlife officials say that legal hunters kill tens of millions of animals every year. For each of those animals, another is killed illegally, perhaps on closed land or out of season, leaving orphaned young to starve. Few poachers are caught or punished.
Poachers may also kill endangered species or use illegal weapons. Some poachers just love killing animals, or want a trophy.
For many, profit is the motive. Bear gall bladders get top dollar for Chinese herbal remedies, and big-horned sheep antlers can fetch $20,000 on the black market.
Let's stop this war on wildlife.
- Going hiking or bird watching? Know your state's wildlife regulations and hunting seasons so you can identify violations.
- If you see suspicious activity, don't confront anyone.
- Get a description of the poacher, the vehicle and the surrounding area.
- Call your state wildlife department immediately [PDF].
News & Events
August 3, 2016
HSUS lauds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for new rules protecting iconic wildlife in Alaska from aerial hunting, baiting and trapping on wildlife refuges
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for finalizing a rule prohibiting cruel hunting methods on more than 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska.
July 25, 2016
Wildlife advocates aim to increase conservation measures and protect African leopards from American trophy hunters
With the support of renowned wildlife experts Jane Goodall and Dereck Joubert, animal protection and conservation organizations, led by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, filed a legal petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the full protections of the Endangered Species Act to African leopards (Panthera pardus pardus).
June 24, 2016
Tanzania urged to rescind hunting concession to Green Mile, a company accused of reckless, atrocious animal abuses
In a letter sent today to Tanzanian President John Magufuli, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International strongly urged the government to rescind its decision to grant a hunting concession to Green Mile Company Limited, an operator previously expelled from the country for appalling and abusive killing of wildlife.
May 4, 2016
Two bills banning the importation of hunting trophies, S. 977 and S. 978, were conditionally vetoed on Monday, May 2.