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

IFAW co-hosted a seminar for the European Parliament, as South America and Afric
22nd July 2015 Staci McLennan
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and MEPs for Wildlife co-hosted a European Parliament seminar “ Read more »
No hunting trophies will be allowed to enter the EU under the guise of the Perso
16th July 2015 Satyen Sinha
After a recent meeting by European Member State specialists, the European Commission announced that:   “The Read more »
Peter Pueschel, Czech Republic rhino horn burn, September 2014.
29th June 2015 Azzedine Downes
Thoughtful. Kind. Generous. Positive. Tough. Fearless. These are but a few descriptions of Peter Pueschel that poured in Read more »
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26th March 2015
INTERPOL’s Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Terra led the way as an outstanding example Watch Video »
6th March 2015
As director of IFAW’s education program, I don’t usually attend ivory crushes or burns. In fact, I had no idea Watch Video »
3rd March 2015
I am often asked by friends who do not work so directly with non-profit or cause-related organizations how they can help Watch Video »
13th February 2015
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28th July 2015
Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to the death of Cecil the Lion, who was illegally killed for sport in Zimbabwe: “We are extremely sa Read more »
22nd July 2015
South African Airways has back pedaled on its three month old ban on the transportation of rhino, elephant, lion and tiger hunting trophies, quietly announcing on a “need to know” basis that they were back in business to handle the gory c Read more »
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales meeting the CEO and President of IFAW, Az
1st July 2015
A new alliance of conservation organisations has been launched to stem the crisis facing the world’s remaining Asian elephants – thought to number only 35,000 – 45,000. Habitat loss, along with ivory poaching, has devastated the pop Read more »
U.S. Government Destroys More Than a Ton of Ivory in Times Square
19th June 2015
USFWS and State of New York Joined by Wildlife and Conservation NGOs to Raise Awareness of Poaching Crisis and Ivory Trade The United States today destroyed more than one ton of illegal ivory confiscated through the law enforcement efforts of the U.S Read more »
5th June 2015
With its participation in the European Commission’s Environmental Conference, Green Week, in Brussels this week, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is calling for urgent measures to address the catastrophic poaching crisis and glo Read more »
China Crushes More Ivory in Beijing
29th May 2015
This morning, China State Forestry Administration (SFA) and General Administration of Customs (GAC) jointly crushed 662 kg confiscated ivory of all concluded cases since 2014 at Beijing Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. International Fund fo Read more »
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IFAW World Wildlife Day Action Plan Letter
16th March 2015 by
For this year’s World Wildlife Day IFAW’s EU office in Brussels reached out to MEPs of all political stripes and Read more »
World Wildlife Day Infographic Serious Stats About Wildlife Crime
3rd March 2015 by
World Wildlife Day Infographic Serious Stats About Wildlife Crime Read more »
World Wildlife Day Ad Don’t Let Them Disappear Rhino
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World Wildlife Day Ad Don’t Let Them Disappear Whale
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World Wildlife Day Ad Don’t Let Them Disappear Whale Read more »
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Disappointingly, the UK Government has not delivered on its commitment to update
18th March 2015 by Tania McCrea-Steele
Just over a year ago I was watching as Bill Oddie lowered ivory into an aptly named ‘Red Rhino’ cement crusher Read more »
A Parrot drone. Image: Wikipedia
16th March 2015 by Azzedine Downes
What if technology could help us stop poaching before it happened? All of us concerned about the devastating number of Read more »
IFAW World Wildlife Day Action Plan Letter
16th March 2015 by
For this year’s World Wildlife Day IFAW’s EU office in Brussels reached out to MEPs of all political stripes and Read more »
The past year has seen the numbers of poached rhinos soar, with South Africa los
13th March 2015 by Tania McCrea-Steele
Wildlife cybercrime is rising to the fore on the political and enforcement agenda. For the first time ever, G7 members Read more »
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