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
November 29, 2016
The Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld California’s ban on trade in ivory and rhino horn, rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional. The Ivory Education Institute – a group promoting ivory use – challenged the law in 2015.
October 11, 2016
Don't buy Finding Dory lookalikes as pets. Protect fish, the ocean and coral reefs by leaving tropical fish like the royal blue tang swim in the ocean where they belong.
October 6, 2016
When voters go to the polls this November, they won’t only be making decisions about which elected officials will represent them.
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.