The move is bolstered by Congress' recent approval of $45 million in funding to combat illegal wildlife trafficking. Though the U.S. is the world's second-largest market for wildlife products, WWF said that Obama's plan sends "an unequivocal message to the rest of the world."
ACTION ALERT: Wildlife Trafficking
Every year, wildlife traders reap a collective $10 billion to $20 billion in profits from poaching and trading products like rhino horn, ivory, alligator skin, tiger paws, eggs, bushmeat, live animals used as pets, and much more -- not to mention illegal live animal sales. HSI has developed this guide to help avoid buying products made from this illicit trade. Born Free USA has this helpful state-by-state guide on which animals are illegal to own (many because they are illegally obtained). For more information, or to become more involved in this issue: WWF's anti-trafficking campaigns, Save The Rhino, and Traffic.