The commercial wildlife trade is pushing endangered species towards extinction and increasing the risk of global pandemics.
Ending the consumer demand for animal products
Endangered species are being poached and smuggled on an unprecedented scale to meet consumer demand for meat, health and wellness products, and novelty items. Our consumer demand for animal products fuels this devastating trade.Related Issue
Racing Extinction reveals a major threat to endangered species, the illegal wildlife trade. Captured, hunted, and traded to supply consumer demand for medicinal cures, tonics, and curios, creatures that have survived for millennia are being pushed to the brink.Watch
Protect Endangered Species
The Endangered Species Act is under attack by legislators seeking to weaken federal protections for wildlife.
Ending the Whale Meat Trade
OPS investigations closed a California sushi restaurant after discovering illegal sale of endangered whale meat.
Targeting Consumers of Wildlife Products
OPS supports WildAid’s campaigns to reduce consumer demand for wildlife products like ivory and shark fin soup.