One of my goals in writing Animal Investigators was to make the public more aware about what they could do to help wildlife in their every day life.
There are three simple things you can do:
1First, don’t buy any exotic animal products like ivory carvings or reptile leather handbags.
2Second, don’t buy exotic pets. While captive-bred pets are legal, many wild-caught birds and reptiles are passed off as captive bred. Wild caught animals not only remove the animal from the ecosystem and destroy habitat during the collection process, which threatens the species’ future sustainability, but also many wild caught animals can’t survive the trip. Some experts suggest that for every one smuggled wild caught bird sold in US or European markets, nine others probably died in transit.
3The third thing you can do is lend your support to those working on these issues. You can call your US or state senator or congressman to support wildlife law enforcement budgets and animal trade legislation. This can include support for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) or specific pieces of legislation, such as the Bear Protection Act. You can also support the various organizations that work on wildlife trade issues. A list of such organization is included below. Please note, this list is not comprehensive and in no particular order. If you'd like to be included in this list, please contact me with information.