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
October 4, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 96 into law, a bill authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, to ban the commercial trade in ivory or rhino horn. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, was the principal co-author of the bill.
September 12, 2015
Kangaroos Win Protection, As HSUS Stymies Late Maneuver in California Legislature to Allow Imports of Skins for Shoes
It was an extraordinarily successful session for animal protection in California, with the capstone being defeat of a maneuver by the government of Australia to repeal a decades-old ban, set to resume in January, on the trade in kangaroos skins and meat.
September 2, 2015
Both chambers of the California legislature have given overwhelming approval to separate measures to protect elephants, with the Senate voting 26 to 13 to put a stop to the ivory trade.
August 26, 2015
Since the death of Cecil the lion in early July, 42 airlines have announced or reaffirmed bans on wildlife trophy shipments on their carriers