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

Still hope for wildlife after the 12th Convention on Biodiversity
22nd October 2014 Peter Pueschel
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a beast on its own, founded as one of the three UN “Rio Conventions Read more »
Saudi’s half-ton illegal ivory seizure chokes another smuggling route.
21st October 2014 Ahmed Abou-Zahra
Ivory smugglers used to always think of Dubai as a transit point to their illegal ivory trade, but the Dubai police are Read more »
Dubai police recognize IFAW as partner in ongoing battle against the ivory trade
17th October 2014 Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed
It was good news on the 8th of October that Dubai Airport Security foiled a smuggling attempt of 16 pieces of African Read more »
Animals are worth so much more than their economic value
17th October 2014 Azzedine Downes
World leaders have been gathering in a wide variety of forums lately to address some urgent environmental conservation 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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IFAW partner Interpol on the hunt for suspected Kenyan ivory smuggler
17th October 2014
Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization is cracking down on wildlife criminals. Just this week, they issued a red notice alert – similar to an international arrest warrant - for suspected Kenyan ivory trafficker Fe Read more »
Chinese E-Commerce Giants Say “NO” to Wildlife Crime
16th October 2014
Leading online companies in China reaffirmed their zero tolerance for illegal wildlife trade at a workshop organized by China’s inter-agency wildlife enforcement task force with the support of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw Read more »
Czech and Slovak Republic reunite to Lead Global Rhino Horn Burning Ceremony
18th September 2014
On Sunday, September 21st, eve of World Rhino Day, the Czech and Slovak governments will reunite in a joint effort to raise public awareness on the plight of rhinos. At 11am at Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic and Bratislava Zoo i Read more »
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 »
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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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Still hope for wildlife after the 12th Convention on Biodiversity
22nd October 2014 by Peter Pueschel
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a beast on its own, founded as one of the three UN “Rio Conventions Read more »
Saudi’s half-ton illegal ivory seizure chokes another smuggling route.
21st October 2014 by Ahmed Abou-Zahra
Ivory smugglers used to always think of Dubai as a transit point to their illegal ivory trade, but the Dubai police are Read more »
Dubai police recognize IFAW as partner in ongoing battle against the ivory trade
17th October 2014 by Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed
It was good news on the 8th of October that Dubai Airport Security foiled a smuggling attempt of 16 pieces of African Read more »
IFAW partner Interpol on the hunt for suspected Kenyan ivory smuggler
17th October 2014 by
Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization is cracking down on wildlife criminals. Just this week Read more »
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