What You Can Do
To tackle this threat, WWF has launched a global campaign with partner TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
Laws exist to protect elephants, rhinos and tigers, but governments are not doing all they can to save them.
Be their voice and join us in asking governments to protect threatened animal populations by:
- increasing law enforcement
- imposing strict deterrents
- reducing demand for endangered species products
Criminals involved in illegal wildlife trade are distributing guns, intimidating communities, and bribing officials in order to get what they want.
What You Can Do
- Don't buy anything containing endangered animal parts. Poaching is driven by continued demand for these products, like bones for traditional Chinese medicine and skins for clothes.
- Buy forest-friendly products. After poaching, the biggest threat to species like tigers is the destruction of their forest home - mainly due to illegal logging and conversion to agriculture, like commercial oil palm plantations. You can help stop habitat loss by buying products from sustainable forestry and agriculture operations.
When out shopping, look for:
- Certified paper and wood products
- Products made from certified sustainable palm oil. If you can't find any, ask your supermarket or shop why they are not stocking any ... and not helping tigers, and many other animals, to survive.
- Sustainable coffee: Illegally grown coffee in Sumatra is driving the destruction of tiger habitat. Watch where your coffee comes from – and choose coffee grown according to environmentally friendly principles.