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*Taking animals out of the wild for pets and profit.

*Enforcement of existing laws.

*Making people aware of the companies who deal in such animals.

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WILDLIFE & EXOTIC PET TRADE


Birds are some of the more common victims of the trade in wildlife.
(photo: Traffic.org)
   When people attempt to force wildlife into the role of pet, the animals always suffer. Inevitably, their human caretakers will not be able to provide the proper diet, exercise, socialization, and medical care that these special animals require.

      When they are removed from their habitats, wild animals (or any wild species bred for captivity) will almost assuredly end up leading lives of deprivation, boredom, and loneliness. In captivity, they are relegated to cages, and forced to live without the companionship of members of their own species or the ability to live normally.

Life in captivity can never compare to the life that they would enjoy in the wild living freely in their native habitat and following their natural instincts. The exotic animal trade is responsible for taking thousands of wild animals from their homes each year and dooming them to a life of imprisonment.

What is now also becoming apparent is that this type of trade not only victimizes the animals, but human beings as well...

KEY ORGANIZATIONS:
Here are some key organizations involved in regulating and stopping the illegal trade of wild animals and exotic pets.

CITES- (THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA)
CITES is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

TRAFFIC.ORG-
TRAFFIC's mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. Traffic's work is neither easier or closer to completion than it was in the mid- 1970s when TRAFFIC was founded largely to assist in the implementation of CITES.
RENCTAS- (NATIONAL NETWORK FOR COMBATING THE TRAFFIC OF WILD ANIMALS)
RENCTAS is a non-profitable organization that takes several actions against the traffic of wild animalsAmong these actions are: national and international awareness campaigns, courses, training and workshops in order to capacitate and qualify the agents responsible for environmental inspection, support and development of projects of research and preservation of the animal life, elaboration of database, control and support programs for the inspection operations and elaboration of reports on this criminal activity.


 
RELATED ORGANIZATIONS & WEBSITES:
    There are many other organizations also involved in stopping or regulatin the illegal pet and wildlife trade.

BORN FREE USA- (ANIMAL PROTECTION INSTITUTE)-
1122 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or P.O. Box 22505, Sacramento, CA 95822, 916-447-3085, fax 916-447-3070
The Animal Protection Institute (API) is a national animal advocacy nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, contributions to which are tax-deductible. Founded in 1968, API's mission is to advocate for the protection of animals from cruelty and exploitation.

INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (IFAW)
 (Direct quote from their site section "What we Do")
Ifaws mission is to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protection wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. We seek to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of both animals and people.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC-
Educating people worldwide about animals and the world's ecosystems, this award winning monthly publication is unequaled in its quality journalism and photos.


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