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Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

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.

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