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
April 1, 2016
Poachers are killing rhinos for their horns, driving the animals toward extinction.
December 30, 2015
According to international trade data, American hunters comprise the vast majority of the clientele for South Africa’s notorious canned hunting operations for African lions.
December 9, 2015
After several months of discussion, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission voted on the details of a proposal to open a season on bobcats for the first time in over 25 years.
November 30, 2015
Before getting a pet turtle, consider the risks to your health, the earth and the animals.