The United States is one of the largest consumers of the world's wild animals. Taking animals from the wild can threaten the survival of some species. Even if the animals are born in captivity, the trade is dangerous and cruel.
Wild animals are traded illegally—to the tune of $10 billion or more globally each year, an amount second only to arms and drug smuggling—as well as legally. Animals are sold alive and also for their parts. This trade can devastate wild populations, and the methods used to capture, transport, and kill animals can cause tremendous suffering.
You can save wildlife. Encourage your policymakers to strengthen and enforce laws to reduce wildlife trade. And use the power of your purchasing choices: Don't buy wild.
News & Events
June 5, 2015
A bill that would shut down Oregon's market for elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns has died in a committee of the Oregon House of Representatives.
June 2, 2015
The California Assembly passed AB 96 to close loopholes in the existing state regulations to ensure that illegal ivory and rhino horns do not find safe haven in California.
April 28, 2015
The Oregon Senate approved legislation with a 19-11 vote to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn in the state.
April 22, 2015
When Montana banned the keeping of red-eared sliders as pets, The HSUS worked with the state to return dozens of the former pet turtles to their natural habitats.