Who We Are
The U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (USWTA) is a coalition of more than 50 leading companies and nonprofit organizations that are working together, in close collaboration with the U.S. government, to reduce the purchase and sale of illegal wildlife and wildlife products. USWTA works with a variety of partners whose active engagement is essential to the success of the USWTA goals.
In 2018, USWTA joined forces with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in a united effort to fight the global epidemic of wildlife trafficking. USWTA is now a program of AZA, where efforts will continue across a variety of industry sectors and will include coordinated efforts with AZA-accredited facilities in their efforts to protect wild animal populations around the world via the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction program.
What We Do
The U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance coordinates efforts to:
- Raise the public’s awareness of the scope of the wildlife trafficking crisis;
- Reduce consumer demand for wildlife and wildlife products; and
- Mobilize companies to adopt best practices to assure that their goods and services are not being utilized by illegal wildlife traffickers, and to assist in raising public awareness and reducing demand.
In 2014, the White House released the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, which called for a collaborative effort with foreign governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to reduce supply and demand for illegal wildlife products. On July 31, 2015, the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance was announced to coordinate this “whole of civil society” approach to combat the scourge of wildlife trafficking.
Congress also supported this effort through its bipartisan passage of the Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt (“END”) Wildlife Trafficking Act in October 2016. The Act continues the work of the National Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and requires ongoing reports of progress made under the National Strategy and its Implementation Plan.