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 11, 2016
At a Safari Club International convention, an HSUS/HSI undercover investigator caught unscrupulous safari operators offering to bait animals for trophy hunters who want an easier kill.
August 5, 2016
Today, a citizen initiative that recently qualified for the November ballot to protect 12 of the most magnificent and imperiled animals in the world officially launches the second phase of their campaign as YES on 100!
July 7, 2016
Save Endangered Animals Oregon coalition successfully concluded signature gathering for the anti-wildlife trafficking ballot measure
Supporters and top volunteer signature gatherers with Save Endangered Animals Oregon, a coalition of animal protection and conservation leaders, delivered boxes of petitions to the Oregon Secretary of State in support of a proposed statewide statutory ballot measure.
June 30, 2016
As the “endangered species capital of the world,” Hawai‘i knows first-hand the devastating impacts of losing significant and iconic native species.