It's still legal to get some WC animals here.
The problem with most WC animals is, that they have all kinds of bacteria and stuff, they may live fine with in the wild, but when we get them, they become ill and most of them die.
This is especially true for a lot of snakes.
Imo the biggest problem is how it's stressing the animals, because they are kept as pets.
Sometimes it might even have an effect on the whole food chain, because it's rare animals.
Do you know BOS? http://www.savetheorangutan.org/
They are actually doing something by confiskating wild orangutans that are kept illegally (sp?)
There are a few other organisations like this one, as far as I know.
I think they are doing it the right way. Taking away the animals, and not giving anything for them.
In the long run, it's just not good buisness to get all your animals taken from you.