Initiatives to exploit fossil fuels, minerals, water, forests and other resources, as well as the expansion of cities and other developments are major sources of habitat loss for wildlife. Without a safe place to live, wildlife species will go extinct. Also threatening many wildlife species’ chances for survival are hunting and harassment–people kill animals for food, recreation and economic purposes. And in some cases, animals are killed for no good reason at all.
If you care about land and wildlife issues, here are some things you can do:
Don’t support roadside zoos, animal circuses or the illegal wildlife pet trade
Wild animals belong in the wild. They do not belong in abusive roadside zoos or circuses as entertainment, or in homes as pets.
You can help wildlife. Here’s what to do:
(cover photo: Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. Parula Warbler. ©Carl Safina)