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

Survey of Dubai airport passengers shows overwhelming support for ivory ban.
15th September 2014 Ahmed Abou-Zahra
In a way to measure the impact of our "Ivory smuggling leads to prosecution" campaign against the illegal ivory Read more »
Today is a turning point for sharks
14th September 2014 Dr. Ralf (Perry) Sonntag
There is the International Day of the Dog, the World Oceans Day and the Day of the Porpoise. As far as we are concerned, Read more »
Boubanjida village guards yield measurable results against elephant poaching.
12th September 2014 Céline Sissler-Bienvenu
Remember Boubanjida. Hundreds of elephants lying motionless on the ground, heads wide open, their tusks and trunks ripped Read more »
In Kenya, investing in a conservancy for Kitenden
4th September 2014 Azzedine Downes
A little more than a year after I signed a lease with Olgulului/Ololarashi Group Ranch (OOGR) landowners to protect an Read more »
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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 »
23rd July 2014
Every year a number of frontline staff lose their lives while protecting India’s natural heritage. They often face Watch Video »
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 »
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Protecting elephants to benefit people
3rd September 2014
A plan for a proposed Kitenden Conservancy within Kenya’s vast Amboseli ecosystem was unveiled today. Once operational the Conservancy will offer a three-pronged benefit to protect wildlife, for the local community through eco-friendly compatib 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 »
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 »
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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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Largest ever US seizure of ivory takes place in Philadelphia.
28th July 2011 by James Kinney
On 26 July 2011, several news outlets reported that Victor Gordon, a Philadelphia African art-store owner, was arrested by Read more »
25th July 2011 by Michael Booth
UDPATE: 8.9.11 - On July 23-24, 2011, Six confiscated orphan Grauer's gorillas, aged 5-8 years old, were moved from a Read more »
A grauer gorilla in the Congo.
21st July 2011 by Michael Booth
On the heels of the grizzly bear airlift in British Columbia, the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) Read more »
6th July 2011 by Grace Ge Gabriel
“Buying this piece is a good investment”, a sales woman unlocked a cabinet to take out a ball with multiple Read more »
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