Overexploitation of wildlife through international trade is of great concern to Born Free USA.
Global commercialization of wild animals and plants is a multi-billion dollar industry and can result in extreme animal cruelty and serious population declines. Law enforcement officials have declared that illegal wildlife trade is second only to the illegal drug trade in terms of profitability.
Animals affected by this trade include exotic birds; primates, reptiles, and other species traded as "pets"; bears, tigers, and rhinos, who are among the species coveted for their body parts, organs, and products made from them; and elephants who are shipped live to zoos across the globe, hunted for their tusks, or killed after conflict with people.
Born Free USA is an NGO participant at the Meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which regulates commercial international trade of threatened and endangered species.