The international wildlife trade threatens the survival of many species and results in the inhumane treatment of billions of animals every year. Avoid contributing to the problem – Don’t Buy Wild.
Wildlife trade includes live animals (who may be sold as exotic pets or stock for game farms, or sent to biomedical research facilities or zoos) and their parts (which may be used in clothing, as ornamental objects, as food or as traditional medicine).Wildlife trade is linked to violence, drugs and organized crime. It harms wildlife populations. Methods used to capture animals for trade may be terribly cruel.
You have the power to save wildlife. Help encourage policy makers to improve and enforce laws and regulations in order to reduce or end this trade. And understand the impact of your consumption choices: Lack of demand is the best solution.
Avoid participating unsuspectingly in the illegal wildlife trade, or contributing to animal suffering or environmental damage. Make compassionate purchasing decisions while traveling and at home with the help of our interactive Don't Buy Wild infographic guide and TankWatch app.Learn More
February 4, 2017
Animal welfare groups urge Nepal to rethink amendment to Wildlife Protection Act allowing farming of wildlife
Leading animal welfare organizations including, HSI, World Animal Protection, and others are urging Nepal Government to cancel the amendment to country's Wildlife Protection Act that will allow farming of wild animals
January 19, 2017
South Africa recommends annual 800 captive-bred lion skeleton export quota, ignoring global calls to shut down cruel captive lion breeding industry
HSI and Pippa Hankinson, producer of the film Blood Lions, decried the decision to allow the export of 800 captive-bred lion skeletons from South Africa.
November 24, 2016
The European Parliament has adopted a robust report on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, a move warmly welcomed by Humane Society International.
November 17, 2016
Representatives from around the world attending the Ha Noi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade signed a statement committing to do their part to end the supply and demand of illegally traded wildlife.