Stop Wildlife Export Around the World
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African wildlife species like different kinds of tarantula are on the brink of extinction. Illegal trade in animal parts and live animals is a multi-billion dollar business that is being fueled by consumer demand for souvenirs and other exotic products.
Spanning borders and continents, this wildlife trafficking rips species from their habitats, harms the environment, and endangers the future survival of both wildlife and ecosystems -- but it also threatens national security and global economies.
While the majority of illegal wildlife trade is happening on a commercial scale, each of us has a role to play as tourists and consumers. The U.S. is one of the largest leading markets for illegal wildlife products. Americans, mostly continue to buy from illegal pet trade instead of breeding them in captivity while some wild pets have been bred in captivity, many exotic animals are plucked directly from their native habitats. The stress of being violently removed from their homes causes some animals to die before they ever reach a private residence.
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