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
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 5, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken unprecedented action today by signing legislation that will end New Jersey’s contribution to the devastating international trade in ivory and rhino horns.
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.