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
July 24, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to uphold the current suspension of the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. The service found that killing an elephant for sport-hunted trophies, to be imported into the U.S., would not enhance the survival of the species in the wild.
June 20, 2014
Groups Congratulate New York State Legislature for Passing Historic Ban on Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn
The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council and The Humane Society of the United States praised the New York State Legislature today for passing landmark legislation that bans the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horn.
June 17, 2014
Actress and New Jersey native Meryl Streep urged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to sign into law a bill to prohibit all sales and trade in rhino horns and elephant ivory in the state.
June 11, 2014
Actor and New York resident Peter Dinklage released the following statement urging state lawmakers to ban the trade of illegal ivory in New York: