Hunting and trafficking

Their place is in the natural habitat.

The lives of countless species of undomesticated animals, whether wild (native) or exotic, are severely threatened by human action. Hunting, marketing and animal trafficking cause intense suffering, imbalances and must be stopped.


Hunting wild animals, except for scientific and subsistence purposes, has been banned in Brazil since 1967 by the Federal Law on Protection of Fauna (No. 5.197).

Why oppose hunting?


It involves pain and suffering, especially when the animal does not die immediately.


There is a strong connection between hunting and trafficking of wild animals, as mothers are killed while trying to protect their young from being captured into illegal trade.


Dogs are commonly used, exposing them to the dangers inherent in hunting.


It stimulates the possession and carrying of weapons, which can increase accidents and human deaths.


Lacking or inefficient inspection allows for hunting other species.

Population control or concern for the environment and the economy are just excuses to mask the actual reasons for hunting.

Do not support this practice!

Legal Trade

It is not only illegal trafficking that is problematic for wild/exotic animals. The legal trade must be combated too. Find out why:


Raising non-domesticated species in captivity disrespects the needs of these animals, as it restricts their physical space and natural behavior, like socializing with other individuals of the same species.


It encourages people to have these species as pets and to approach illegal dealers as these tend to be cheaper. In other words, legal trade does not reduce trafficking, on the contrary.


Many authorized breeders capture animals in the wild and simply defraud their identification.


Keeping these species in captivity does not contribute to the preservation of the species, as they are away from their natural ecosystems, without playing an ecological role, nor reproducing and contributing to the genetic pool.

Animal trafficking

3rd largest traffic in the world

38 million specimens removed per year in Brazil *

10 to 20 billion dollars a year involved*

Source: National report on wildlife trafficking – RENCTAS

Understand the types and goals of animal trafficking:

Animals for private collectors

The rarer and more threatened, the greater the value of the species on the market.

Animals for scientific purposes (biopiracy)

Animals are used for research and medicine production.


Animals for sale in a pet shop

Prices fluctuate according to demand: pet shops are perhaps one of the greatest stimulators of wild animal trafficking in Brazil, through the so-called legalized trade.

Animals as raw material

Feathers, leather, fur, tusks and horns are traded illegally on different markets, from the tourist to the fashion market.

What are the consequences of animal trafficking?

Extinction of species

Many animals die in the process between capture, transport and arrival at the point of sale, as the conditions faced are extremely harsh, often including mistreatment, injuries and intense physical and emotional stress.

Health Risks

In addition to putting native animals at risk, the introduction of exotic species by international trafficking also enables the spread of zoonoses.

Ecological instability

From an ecological perspective, a species has an impact on a specific ecosystem. By interrupting this dynamic, the role of this species is compromised and this can contribute to ecological instability.

Despite the Environmental Crimes Law (9,605 / 1998) protecting wild fauna, the current Brazilian political situation lacks coherent enforcement. The current government downplays inspection of and combat against trafficking, by dismantling agencies responsible for preserving our biodiversity and the environment.

Do you have a complaint?

IBAMA is the agency of the Federal Government that is responsible for environmental inspection in Brazil. If you suspect or witness practices of illegal trafficking of wild or exotic animals, report it through the IBAMA Green Line.

Explain the event in detail, including: street, house number, municipality, state and, if known, the name of the person or the responsible.

IBAMA - GREEN LINE 0800 618080

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