Animal trafficking is the third most lucrative criminal trade in the world, after drugs and human trafficking, and in front of arms smuggling. Some estimate illegal wildlife trafficking to be worth $20 billion annually, and the United States is one of biggest offenders. Exotic species, often endangered in their home ranges, are imported into this country to satisfy our gruesome appetite for unique pets, meats, and trophies. Friends of Animals has a long history of using the law to help protect these animals—both those already in captivity and those still in the wild. The Wildlife Law Program will continue this work.
Wildlife Trafficking News:
- January 2, 2017: Zimbabwe Baby Elephants Sent to Chinese Zoos
- October 3, 2017: Zimbabwe Elephants Captured for Chinese Zoos
- September 14, 2017: Trophy Hunting Impacts on the Snow Leopard
- September 12, 2107: How big game hunting is dividing southern Africa
- August 31, 2017: British Columbia moves to protect bears from trophy hunters
Our Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Work:
- July 2, 2014– Three Rare Parrot Species Protected under Endangered Species Act.
- June 9, 2014–As a result of joint petitions from WildEarth Guardians (Guardians) and Friends of Animals (FoA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will consider listing spider tortoises and flat-tailed tortoises under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
- June 4, 2014—Friends of Animals filed a petition today with the Secretary of Interior requesting the listing of the Egyptian tortoise as an endangered or threatened species. The Egyptian tortoise is a small, desert-living tortoise of the Middle East, originally native to Libya, Israel, and Egypt, but now believed to be extinct in Egypt. Remaining individual Egyptian tortoises face severe threats from international pet traders, with many of these animals ending up in the United States, Europe and Japan. Because of its slow reproductive rate, the Egyptian tortoise is particularly biologically vulnerable to habitat changes and exploitation. Political unrest, local collecting, and rapid human population growth in the Egyptian tortoise’s range further exacerbate the current threats. These factors, individually and cumulatively, are a strong indication that federal protection under the Endangered Species Act is vital to the survival of this species.
- March 5, 2014–FoA Files Complaint Challenging Congress’ Betrayal of African Antelope.
- October 16, 2013–Friends of Animals Files Suit to Stop Killing of Endangered African Antelope on U.S. Hunting Ranches
- September 30, 2013—-Friends of Animals and WildEarth Guardians Seek Endangered Species Protection for Two Tortoises
- August 9, 2012–Three Strikes On Canned-Hunting: Friends of Animals Help Spoil Yet Another Attempt By Hunters To Evade The Endangered Species Act
- July 28, 2010–Friends of Animals and WildEarth Guardians Shield Birds From International Cage Trade
- June 23, 2009–Friends of Animals Win: African Antelope Shielded From Safari Club and Trophy Tourists