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

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 »
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 »
Belgium’s elephant ivory crush will create ripples throughout Europe
9th April 2014 Azzedine Downes
Worldwide momentum is building, with the Belgian government the latest to heed our call to destroy stockpiles of confiscated Read more »
Removing deadly snares, a threat to tigers and their prey
8th April 2014 Grace Ge Gabriel
Over three months, 100 separate patrols took to the forests in Hunchun, China’s North East, a region bordering Russia 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 »
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 »
10th January 2014
The video above outlines just a few of the enormous challenges the IFAW team will face moving this population of elephants Watch Video »
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High-Value Wildlife Sales Fueling State Corruption, Terrorism, and Wars Globally
25th February 2014
A new study published in the journal Biological Conservation describes the trafficking of wildlife and their products as one of the most profitable and attractive of all the illicit trades, possibly surpassed only by the trafficking of arms and Read more »
12th February 2014
As decision-makers from around 50 countries meet in London tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss illegal wildlife trade, strong measures are being sought to protect elephants, rhinos, tigers and other threatened species from the bloody poaching crisis. The Read more »
7th February 2014
The European Commission today announced its consultation on the EU Approach against Wildlife Trafficking. The consultation is welcomed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) and is not before time. Current levels of wildlife traf Read more »
EU Commission Public Consultation Vital to Survival of Elephants, Rhinos and Tig
7th February 2014
The European Commission today announced its consultation on the EU Approach against Wildlife Trafficking. The consultation is welcomed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) and is not before time. Current levels of wildlife traf Read more »
20th January 2014
The only certainty of the impact of legalizing trade in rhino horn in an attempt to save rhinos from poachers, is uncertainty, a review of economic reports on the legal and illegal markets in horn has found. Commissioned by the International Fund for Read more »
15th January 2014
The European Parliament today voted for an EU Resolution on Wildlife Crime. The resolution, if heeded, could place the EU at the forefront in combatting one of the world’s most insidious biological tragedies. The illegal trade in wildlife produ 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 »
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 »
Criminal Nature: The Global Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade
26th March 2013 by
The illicit trade in wildlife is not only a serious global environmental crime with profoundly negative impacts for endangere Read more »
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Cameroon tragedy: elephant battles without end
5th March 2012 by Andreas Dinkelmeyer
My colleague, Celine Sissler, has just returned from Cameroon, where since January over 300 elephants have fallen to Read more »
Cameroon elephant tragedy: The war is declared in Bouba Njida
5th March 2012 by Céline Sissler-Bienvenu
Bouba Njida, March 5, 2012 - It is 9:10 a.m. and we're all packed. As we have been banned from flying over the park by Read more »
Elephants of Bouba Njida, I will never forget you
4th March 2012 by Céline Sissler-Bienvenu
Bouba Njida (March 3rd and 4th, 2012) - I don't know exactly what I feel, I can't find the words. They might not Read more »
An asiatic black bear. c. IFAW
1st March 2012 by Grace Ge Gabriel
In December 1996, I witnessed eight Asiatic black bears walk to freedom at the first bear sanctuary China had ever seen, set Read more »
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