Conservation of Wild Animals

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The AVMA advocates for conservation of wildlife in its native habitats and prevention of extinction of animal species.

When conservation solely in native habitats is not possible, the AVMA supports captive management of endangered and threatened species within rigorously accredited programs that prioritize animal conservation and welfare, while considering public health and safety.

The AVMA supports the Endangered Species Act along with research and science-based evidence for ESA listing, management, and delisting of species. The AVMA also supports modifications of the ESA or policies regarding its enforcement that promote good stewardship practices, encourage landowners to protect sensitive species and habitats, and promote sustainable management of natural resources.

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