Animal Action Education programme
Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

The dangers of wildlife trade

The global wildlife trade, legal and illegal, can:

  • Threaten biodiversity and risk losing endangered species forever
  • Spread infectious disease to livestock and humans
  • Cause needless suffering to animals, as well as humans.

Worldwide, 7,725 species of animals, from insects and birds to gorillas, elephants and reptiles, are considered at risk of extinction. That’s 20% of all known mammal species and 12% of known species of birds threatened with being lost forever.

Read our "Stopping Illegal Wildlife Trade" fact sheet

 

Wildlife trade news

Equipping foot soldiers of wildlife conservation
14th April 2014 Jacqueline Nyagah
On 11th March 2014, IFAW came to the rescue of the community scouts of the Amboseli Tsavo Game Scouts Association (ATGSA). Read more »
SLIDESHOW: Saving endangered African wildlife by reducing illegal wildlife traff
11th April 2014 Mike Cadman
One recent Friday afternoon volleys of shots reverberated through the hot Miombo woodlands of the vast Kafue National Park Read more »
10 Amboseli Group Ranch Community Scout recruits head out for training with Keny
10th April 2014 Evan Mkala
Like a vehicle with a running engine and driver’s feet on the clutch and accelerator pedals, was the eagerness of the Read more »
Why South Africa should not legalize rhino horn
10th April 2014 Jason Bell
All arguments in support of regulated trade in rhino horn are theoretical at best, with highly questionable predictions Read more »
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3rd March 2014
This morning the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Laurette Onkelinx made a wonderful announcement, that Belgium would be Watch Video »
25th February 2014
A month ago in Western Africa we began our jumbo mission to take four elephants which were in conflict with the rural Watch Video »
21st February 2014
Spotting illegal shark and manta products in international trade can be challenging for frontline officials. Dr. Akram Watch Video »
14th February 2014
Watch the BBC interview with IFAW’s Tania McCrea-Steele talking about illegal wildlife trade and our work to reduce Watch Video »
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Belgium Crushes 1.5 Tonnes of Ivory in Dramatic Bid to Save Elephants
9th April 2014
This morning the Belgian government, in conjunction with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), destroyed its stockpile of seized ivory weighing more than 1.5 tonnes. “The Belgian government is putting wildlife traffickers on Read more »
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suspends the import of sport-hunted African eleph
9th April 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it would suspend imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (I Read more »
Rhino Horn of Contention – the Only Thing Certain is Uncertainty
8th April 2014
The South African Government could choose to be a global player or a lonely outlier by alienating itself from unprecedented international efforts to crack down on illicit trade and poaching of wildlife such as rhinoceroses, IFAW said today. Jason Bel Read more »
archive photo © IFAW
3rd April 2014
As Singapore said today it had intercepted a tonne of smuggled ivory – the second large scale seizure by the island state in three months – the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) called for improved internat Read more »
Expectant elephant speared in Amboseli
21st March 2014
In what may be one of the saddest incidences of poaching in recent times, an expectant elephant has been speared to death within the Amboseli ecosystem. The incident happened on Thursday around 3 p.m. within Oltiani area. Reports indicate that a herd Read more »
Prominent Chinese Citizen Calls for End to Fat Cats’ Fancy for Exotic Gifts – El
10th March 2014
The fondness of China’s bureaucrats for giving and receiving exotic gifts made from animal products will soon be cut short if some of the country’s most eminent figures have their way. Numerous proposals urging for the government to take Read more »
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IFAW: A case for stepping up CITES enforcement in the EU
8th April 2014 by
IFAW recently investigated how CITES is enforced in the European Union, and given the amount of wildlife goods being seized, Read more »
24th March 2014 by
Rampant poaching has put African elephants on the verge of extinction in the wild, and the United States (U.S.) is complicit Read more »
Horn of Contention: A review of literature on the economics of trade in rhino ho
17th January 2014 by
Poaching of rhinos in Southern Africa has increased dramatically in recent years.  There is considerable debate within p Read more »
IFAW Criminal Nature: global security implications 2013
20th June 2013 by
In 2008, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) embarked on an effort to fully understand the true nature of wildli Read more »
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Why South Africa should not legalize rhino horn
10th April 2014 by Jason Bell
All arguments in support of regulated trade in rhino horn are theoretical at best, with highly questionable predictions Read more »
Belgium Crushes 1.5 Tonnes of Ivory in Dramatic Bid to Save Elephants
9th April 2014 by
This morning the Belgian government, in conjunction with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), destroyed Read more »
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suspends the import of sport-hunted African eleph
9th April 2014 by
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it would suspend imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies Read more »
Belgium’s elephant ivory crush will create ripples throughout Europe
9th April 2014 by Azzedine Downes
Worldwide momentum is building, with the Belgian government the latest to heed our call to destroy stockpiles of confiscated Read more »
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