Suit Defies Massive Export of Animals Killed for Fur Trade
Did you know the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows about 80,000 animals that have been trapped and killed in the United States to be exported every year? Many of them are "furbearing" species like bobcats, river otters, wolves, lynx and bears. This week the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Service with the goal of reducing the number of animals killed.
The international fur market has boomed recently, largely driven by demand in China, Russia and Europe.
"The United States exports a shocking number of animals trapped and killed for their fur each year," said Sarah Uhlemann, our international program director. "With killing on such a massive scale, it's time for U.S. regulators to take a hard look at the environmental consequences of the growing fur-export market."
Read more in our press release.