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.

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A woman holds an ivory carving being sold at a market in Brussels, Belgium. This
13 July 2017 Tania McCrea-Steele
This week eBay spoke up for the plight of elephants by encouraging the European Union to adopt a complete ban of all ivory Read more »
Rakuten announces that it has banned ivory sales on its web sites.
7 July 2017 Tania McCrea-Steele
Rakuten, the largest online retailer in Japan, has banned ivory sales on its platform. The policy change, which went into Read more »
#NoIvoryInEu: Campaigning to close domestic ivory trade in EU
3 July 2017 Eleonora Panella
At least 20,000 elephants are killed each year in Africa and population numbers have collapsed to an all-time low, dropping Read more »
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2 March 2017
This World Wildlife Day, which this year has the theme of #ListentoYoungVoices, I want to encourage everyone to # Watch Video »
18 October 2016
Our tenBoma project continues to grow and make an impact for the protection of elephants. When we announced our partnership Watch Video »
29 September 2016
Kasungu National Park, on the Zambian border in central western Malawi, used to be home to thriving elephant, buffalo and Watch Video »
27 September 2016
Namibia, South Africa and Botswana urged Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( Watch Video »
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Ifaw's investment for years in Kenya is finally paying off by an elephant popula
21 June 2017
Elephant populations in the Tsavos have increased to 12, 866 in the last three years. This is according to the aerial elephant census results officially announced at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters by Director General Kitili Mbathi. Res Read more »
Research identifies illegal wildlife trade on the Darknet
14 June 2017
Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found. Experts from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit Read more »
First time ever training to prevent illegal wildlife trade in Morocco
25 April 2017
A specialized training of enforcement authorities in the prevention of wildlife trafficking is being carried out from April 24th to 28th by the High Commissioner for Waters and Forests and the Fight against Desertification of Morocco and the Internat Read more »
Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland
24 April 2017
Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in El Sheik and Wajel, respectively, on 19 Read more »
Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should
20 April 2017
A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants there should be in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries. The research concludes that, largely due to poaching, protec Read more »
U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes
19 April 2017
In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes’ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Earth’s tallest land animal under the U.S. Endangered Spec Read more »
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Out of Africa: Byting Down on Wildlife Cybercrime  (2017)
21 July 2017 by jhart@ifaw.org
IFAW’s first ever research into online wildlife trade in Africa found 990 endangered and threatened wildlife advertisem Read more »
EU Ivory Trade Kills Elephants
29 June 2017 by jhart@ifaw.org
The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s briefing summarizes the important steps taken by the EU and at the intern Read more »
tenBoma
1 June 2017 by rbartlett
This pdf document provides an overview of IFAW's tenBoma program. Read more »
EU Ivory Trade: The need for stricter measures
9 February 2017 by rbartlett
Report written by different NGOs and submitted to the European Commission DG Environment to ask more stricter measures on ivo Read more »
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Better protection for sharks and rays decided at CITES
3 October 2016 by svandereyd
IFAW has welcomed the decision today by the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade Read more »
CITES Parties Fail to Agree on Stricter Measures to Protect Elephants
2 October 2016 by svandereyd
Elephants were the losers today, when a number of key measures proposed by African elephant range States to protect them Read more »
CITES takes a Byte out of Wildlife Cybercrime
30 September 2016 by svandereyd
Wildlife cybercriminals will be under more scrutiny than ever following the commitment by all 183 Parties to CITES, to stamp Read more »
INTERPOL and IFAW announce expanded wildlife crime enforcement network at tenBom
28 September 2016 by svandereyd
Today enforcement officials and global thought leaders will gather at a CITES side event as INTERPOL and the International Read more »
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