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
October 4, 2016
Notice sent to a man in Kolkata for an investigation into the alleged illegal possession and consumption of turtle meat
October 3, 2016
CITES News: Rhinos saved from disastrous Swaziland proposal to legalise horn trade on same day African elephants lose out on CITES Appendix I protection
HSI applauded CITES Parties for defeating a proposal by Swaziland to sell existing stocks of rhinoceros horn and horn harvested from the 74 living rhinos in the country to licensed retailers in Asia. The rhino news followed a devastatingly disappointing decision to reject the up-listing of all African elephants to Appendix I despite a clear conservation need.
October 3, 2016
There was mostly good news, but also some disappointing outcomes, coming from Johannesburg and the 2016 meeting of delegates from 183 nations at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
October 2, 2016
CITES NEWS: Victory for African elephants as CITES reach interim decision to close domestic ivory markets worldwide
HSI applauded the parties at the 17th CITES Conference of Parties for adopting a resolution recommending the closure of domestic elephant ivory markets.