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.

Read our "Stopping Illegal Wildlife Trade" fact sheet

Wildlife trade news

Using Chinese technology innovations to protect wildlife
23rd January 2015 Grace Ge Gabriel
Vast throngs of Chinese are very technologically savvy. Chinese tech companies are capitalizing on the fact that 632 million Read more »
34 baby elephants were captured by the Zimbabwe government for export.
10th December 2014 Azzedine Downes
The Zimbabwe government’s capture and export of allegedly 34 baby elephants not only poses grave threats to the very Read more »
The shocking scale of online wildlife trade shows that the internet poses a real
25th November 2014 Tania McCrea-Steele
Today, IFAW releases the report Wanted – Dead or Alive; Exposing Online Wildlife Trade and the scale of the trade is Read more »
Named “Asia’s Hero” by Time magazine in October 2005, Li Yuchun has made it her
20th November 2014 Grace Ge Gabriel
I saw you in 2012 on the Africa savannah, full of intelligence, strength and life… Since witnessing the majestic Read more »
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12th November 2014
A week ago the IFAW team had arrived for Advocating species listings at CMS in Quito, Ecuador. Now the 11th Conference of Watch Video »
7th November 2014
The countries represented at the 11th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species Watch Video »
7th November 2014
Today some groundbreaking decisions have been taken for the survival of sharks and manta rays throughout the globe at the Watch Video »
21st July 2014
The wide ear-to-ear smile graphic—from the “Have a Nice Day” campaign decades ago to the emoticons of Watch Video »
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South Africa: Numbers of poached rhinos soar
22nd January 2015
The South African Government released shocking figures today showing the country lost a record 1,215 rhinos last year, approximately a 21% increase on 2013. “These numbers are a wake-up call for the world. We cannot lose the fight to protect rh Read more »
Wanted Environmental Crime Fugitive Arrested in Zambia
9th December 2014
A prominent environmental criminal named on the INTERPOL Wanted List of International Fugitives, INFRA Terra, has been arrested by a team from the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and Zambia Police. Ben Simasiku, a 32-year-old Zambian national, escap Read more »
Wanted – Dead or Alive, Grisly Wildlife Cybertrade Exposed
24th November 2014
A murky multi-million dollar trade in wild animals and their parts is booming over online marketplaces, with questions being asked as to the legality of many advertisements offering endangered species for sale. A shocking report released today by the Read more »
International and Inter-agency Collaboration Essential to Preventing Wildlife Tr
21st November 2014
Extensive collaboration and cooperation at an international level are key ingredients in fighting wildlife trafficking wildlife law enforcers agreed at the conclusion of a training workshop to increase capacity and expertise in the Horn of Africa. Th Read more »
Prominent Chinese Thought Leaders Join the Fight to Save Elephants
19th November 2014
A group of leading Chinese celebrities are lending their voices to a campaign to save elephants by rejecting ivory trade. The campaign “Give Peace to Elephants; Say No to Ivory” officially launched today at a gala event by the Internation Read more »
Combating Wildlife Trafficking by Building Law Enforcement Capacity
17th November 2014
A training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking began today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The training workshop hosted by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) in partnership with In Read more »
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Wanted: Dead or Alive - Exposing the Online Wildlife Trade
25th November 2014 by
Wanted – Dead or Alive, Exposing Online Wildlife Trade reveals that, in early 2014, an intense six-week investigation f Read more »
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 »
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Comment: the proponents of the ivory trade are eerily quiet today
17th July 2012 by Azzedine Downes
The New York Times today featured an opinion piece titled “Ivory Poachers and Their Enablers”.  Whilst the Read more »
16th July 2012 by Kelvin Alie
In 2012, INTERPOL and the International Fund for Animal Welfare teamed up to execute Operation WORTHY, an law enforcement Read more »
Elephant lovers worldwide say “no!” to killing elephants for ivory
16th July 2012 by Paul Todd
During the last two weeks, International Fund for Animal Welfare staff in France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom Read more »
12th July 2012 by Vicki Fishlock
I’ve mentioned before how important it is to understand that elephants are individuals, as different from one another Read more »
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