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

Raw ivory, stored at Tsavo East National Park, collected by rangers during patro
13th May 2015 Satyen Sinha
The European Commission today announced that it has taken a decision to develop a Wildlife Trafficking Action Plan. IFAW Read more »
It appears that special interests wish to reopen debate on the entire regulation
6th May 2015 Staci McLennan
Debate on changes proposed by the EU Commission to bring the EU seal trade regulation into compliance with WTO rules are Read more »
President Nguesso set fire to Congo’s entire stockpile of nearly five tonne
30th April 2015 Satyen Sinha
    This week African Heads of State, government representatives and experts gathered in Brazzaville, Republic 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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Tencent says No to online illegal wildlife trade
22nd May 2015
Tencent, a leading provider of Internet services in China, The Nature Conservancy (“TNC”), and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (“IFAW”) today launched a joint campaign - Tencent for the Planet - to combat the illegal Read more »
Regional Capacity and Cooperation Crucial to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
22nd May 2015
Seventy one officers from Interpol, wildlife law enforcement and CITES management authorities in nine African countries, including East and Central Africa, and the Horn of Africa have today completed a five-day training workshop building their capaci Read more »
IFAW Destroys 257 Ivory Items for World Biodiversity Day
22nd May 2015
In celebration of the upcoming World Biodiversity Day on May 22nd, IFAW crushed 257 ivory items it had been given by individuals as part of an experimental initiative launched on February 6th called “Je Donne Mon Ivoire” (I am giving up m Read more »
New African Training Program Improves Regional Capacity and Cooperation to Comba
18th May 2015
A training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking began today in Kampala, Uganda. Hosted by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in partnership with International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) the Read more »
Record 1,160 Kilograms of Ivory and 65 Rhino Horns Seized in Mozambique
14th May 2015
Mozambique has made its biggest ever seizure of ivory and rhino horn – more than one tonne of ivory, and 65 rhino horns. The seizures were made last week, Tuesday 5th May, in a raid on a private home in Matola, a small city close to the capital Read more »
Archive photo © IFAW
13th May 2015
The European Commission has confirmed that it will develop a wildlife trafficking action plan to join the global fight against the rampant and destructive trade in products like ivory, rhino horn, pangolin scales and tiger parts. “It is about t 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 Rhino Read more »
World Wildlife Day Ad Don’t Let Them Disappear Whale
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Tencent says No to online illegal wildlife trade
22nd May 2015 by
Tencent, a leading provider of Internet services in China, The Nature Conservancy (“TNC”), and the International Read more »
Regional Capacity and Cooperation Crucial to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
22nd May 2015 by
Seventy one officers from Interpol, wildlife law enforcement and CITES management authorities in nine African countries, Read more »
IFAW Destroys 257 Ivory Items for World Biodiversity Day
22nd May 2015 by
In celebration of the upcoming World Biodiversity Day on May 22nd, IFAW crushed 257 ivory items it had been given by Read more »
New African Training Program Improves Regional Capacity and Cooperation to Comba
18th May 2015 by
A training workshop to increase the expertise of law enforcement officers to tackle wildlife trafficking began today in Read more »
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