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

IFAW is disrupting poaching networks in partnerships with INTERPOL, and others a
IFAW is disrupting poaching networks in partnerships with INTERPOL, and others across the globe.

IFAW is disrupting poaching networks in partnerships with INTERPOL, and others across the globe.

Wildlife trade news

Don’t let wildlife disappear—prepping for CITES this September
13th July 2016 Azzedine Downes
For more than 40 years, the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has Read more »
Under the disguise of captive breeding, tiger farms like the one in this file ph
7th July 2016 Grace Ge Gabriel
Amending China’s 26-year-old Wildlife Protection Law was highly anticipated among wildlife advocates around the world Read more »
Wanted – Dead or Alive: Exposing Online Wildlife Trade found more than 30,000 en
28th June 2016 Tania McCrea-Steele
I have been lucky enough to see wild white rhinos in the bush of Kruger National Park, where I was awestruck by their Read more »
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27th June 2016
Technologies developed for outer space uses have helped scientists discover underground water sources in drought-stricken Watch Video »
3rd March 2016
On World Wildlife Day, I am proud to announce an extraordinary group of 34 young people, ages 18-25, from around the world Watch Video »
21st September 2015
Polar bears are a remarkable species; they have survived numerous ice ages and evolved to become the largest land Watch Video »
26th March 2015
INTERPOL’s Operation Infra (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest) Terra led the way as an outstanding example Watch Video »
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Combating Wildlife Crime in Ethiopia
11th July 2016
A training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers from customs, federal police, airport police and, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) as CITES management authorities based at Bole International Airport, to comba Read more »
The European Union adopted an Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking
20th June 2016
Earlier today, EU Ministers of the Environment unanimously endorsed the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking published by the European Commission last February. The European Union now has the much-needed frame to coordinate a strategic approac Read more »
IFAW together with more than 36,700 citizens urge the EU Environment Ministers t
16th June 2016
On Monday 20th June 2016, EU Ministers of the Environment will be given the opportunity to create momentum for wildlife as they will be asked to endorse the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking published by the European Commission last Februar Read more »
France, Germany, Spain: over 1,7 tons of ivory seized throughout the EU since Ap
9th June 2016
Over the past three weeks, French and German customs authorities have seized respectively 350kg and 625kg of illegal ivory. In April, the Spanish Civil Guard seized 744kg of ivory. These three seizures, amounting to more than 1,7 tons, are a reminder Read more »
Ségolène Royal announces ivory ban in France
2nd May 2016
The French minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Ségolène Royal, seized the opportunity of the biggest ivory destruction ever in Kenya last Saturday to announce internationally her decision to adopt a total ban of ivory sales Read more »
Largest ivory burn ever in Kenya
30th April 2016
Plumes of smoke drifted over Nairobi National Park today as Kenyan authorities torched 105 tonnes of ivory and 1.35 tonnes of rhino horn – the largest single quantity of ivory to be destroyed anywhere in the world. “It is a massive quanti Read more »
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IFAW CITES Briefing Sheet - Elephants - 2016
15th July 2016 by rbartlett
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Part Read more »
IFAW CITES Briefing Sheet - Barbary Macaque - 2016
14th July 2016 by rbartlett
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Part Read more »
13th July 2016 by rbartlett
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Part Read more »
IFAW The Plight of the Pangolin Infographic - 2016
13th July 2016 by rbartlett
Understand the plight of the pangolin with this easy-to-read infographic. Read more »
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IFAW CITES Briefing Sheet - Elephants - 2016
15th July 2016 by rbartlett
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Read more »
IFAW CITES Briefing Sheet - Barbary Macaque - 2016
14th July 2016 by rbartlett
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Read more »
13th July 2016 by rbartlett
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Read more »
IFAW The Plight of the Pangolin Infographic - 2016
13th July 2016 by rbartlett
Understand the plight of the pangolin with this easy-to-read infographic. Read more »
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