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

Illegal elephant ivory trade was a major topic at the CITES meeting last week.
15th July 2014 Paul Todd
At the last Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference in 2013 Read more »
A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger and the remains of a poached elephant.
7th July 2014 Azzedine Downes
We shall not be troubled by the inherent unknowns in quantifying poaching and exact numbers of elephants killed. Rather Read more »
Grace has devoted her career to animal welfare ever since she saw Chu Chu.
7th July 2014 Grace Ge Gabriel
Chu Chu, the Asiatic black bear who inspired me to join the cause for animal welfare nearly two decades ago, recently died Read more »
Greg Hunt, Australia's Environment Minister, banned rhino horn imports.
7th July 2014 Isabel McCrea
Not the kind of heading you’d normally read in an IFAW blog! But in this case it’s true… Greg Hunt, our Read more »
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2nd July 2014
Watch the video above - IFAW-WTI Wildlife Crime Prevention: Van Rakshak Project training in Pench Tiger Reserve ~~~ The Watch Video »
6th June 2014
Celebrations are underway on both sides of the world as tigers Svetlaya and Ustin were safely released back to wild. This 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 »
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27th June 2014
Security threats, organized crime and critical losses in biodiversity were the focus of a Ministerial Dialogue on Illegal Wildlife Trade at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi. As one of two NGO’s Read more »
300 elephant tusks seized in Mombasa
6th June 2014
Police at the coastal city of Mombasa have seized 300 elephant tusks. The tusks were seized when police and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officials broke into a warehouse where the tusks were being packaged in nylon and sisal sacks for export. One sus Read more »
eBay and Gumtree endangered wildlife bans being flouted
21st May 2014
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) today launched Click to Delete, a report that exposes the widespread sale of endangered animal products on Australia’s most popular online trading platforms. “We found a whopping 266 per ce Read more »
Hong Kong Burns First Tranche of Ivory Stockpiles
15th May 2014
Today (15 May 2014) Hong Kong will destroy the first tranche of its 30 tonne stockpile of illegal ivory, with the rest to go up in smoke within the next two years. The ivory will be incinerated at the Chemical Waste Treatment Center in Tsing Yi. Read more »
1st May 2014
(Sydney – 1 May 2014) - IFAW is disappointed by today’s ruling by a Parramatta court not to hand down a jail sentence to John Kolettas a Sydney teacher who was found with Australia’s largest ever haul of endangered wildlife parts. T Read more »
Jane Goodall, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dave Matthews Join Businesses and Conservati
29th April 2014
An open letter to President Obama published today in the Washington Post expresses support for the Administration’s proposed new rules to halt domestic ivory sales.  Signatories on the letter include high-profile individuals, including Leo Read more »
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UNEP-UNEA Illegal  Wildlife Statement
26th June 2014 by
UNEP-UNEA Illegal  Wildlife Statement Read more »
Click to delete - ENDANGERED WILDLIFE FOR SALE IN NEW ZEALAND
21st May 2014 by
Wildlife crime ranks among the most lucrative of serious and organised international crimes along with human trafficking, dru Read more »
Click to delete - AUSTRALIAN WEBSITES SELLING ENDANGERED WILDLIFE
20th May 2014 by
Wildlife crime ranks among the most lucrative of serious and organised international crimes along with human trafficking, dru Read more »
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 »
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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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