Animal Action Education programme
Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

Our Animal Action Education programme helps children learn and care about animals

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

PHOTO: © Ronald Troostwijk/MPC
28th September 2016 Azzedine Downes
The great news today out of the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Read more »
This vote brings them all on equal footing for protection under CITES.
28th September 2016 Jeffrey Flocken
A round of applause rose up through the main chamber when the decision was announced. The Parties of CITES had weighed Read more »
Enacting strong, global regulations makes a real difference for these animals.
28th September 2016 Rikkert Reijnen
Shortly after eight species of pangolins were uplisted at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Read more »
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27th September 2016
Namibia, South Africa and Botswana urged Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( Watch Video »
23rd September 2016
At a standing room only event, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) was delighted to bring together CITES Watch Video »
24th September 2016
Years of work protecting animals from trade will come to fruition in the next two weeks. And the International Fund for Watch Video »
22nd September 2016
I’m here in Johannesburg, South Africa leading the delegation from  the International Fund for Animal Welfare ( Watch Video »
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Today enforcement officials and global thought leaders will gather at a CITES si
28th September 2016
Today enforcement officials and global thought leaders will gather at a CITES side event as INTERPOL and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announce their cooperation on IFAW’s tenBoma initiative in Kenya, which represents an impo Read more »
Pangolins win at CITES
28th September 2016
Parties today at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg decided that the most illegally traded mammal in the world urgently needs protection from further over Read more »
No Monkeying around at CITES as Parties Vote for full Protection for Barbary mac
28th September 2016
IFAW welcomed the decision today by the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to give greater protection to Barbary macaques by transferring them from Ap Read more »
International Community Rallies To Protect A Monkey Species For The First Time I
27th September 2016
“The endangered Barbary macaque could get a new chance at survival at CITES CoP17” For the first time in 30 years, Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will discuss increasing the level of protect Read more »
Bloody Nose for Namibia as CITES Parties Reject Plan to Drop Domestic Market Clo
26th September 2016
Fifty-seven Parties to CITES have voted against a motion from Namibia claiming that a proposal to regulate domestic ivory markets is inadmissible as outside the scope of the Convention. The United States stated that “Parties have addressed dome Read more »
Jubilation as CITES Votes to Stop Discussions Aimed at Promoting a Framework for
26th September 2016
Conservationists were jubilant this evening as CITES voted once and for all to abandon the controversial Decision Making Mechanisim (DMM) for a process to trade in ivory. While the decision became a nail-biter in the final moments, those wanting to e Read more »
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Combatting Wildlife Cybercrime
25th August 2016 by sgjohnson
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Part Read more »
CITES Pocket Guide - CoP17 - 2016
25th August 2016 by sgjohnson
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) sponsors a Conference of the Part Read more »
CITES Pangolin Fact Sheet
24th August 2016 by sgjohnson
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) seeks to ensure that internationa Read more »
Standardized Policy Framework for e-Commerce and Social Media Companies
11th August 2016 by rbartlett
An efficient and impactful first step towards removing illegal wildlife products online is the adoption of a standardized, in Read more »
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IFAW has been campaigning for over 15 years to end the canned lion hunting indus
9th September 2016 by Jason Bell
One of the most important outcomes of the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Hawaii is a motion to end the Read more »
While confiscating a total of 1.2 metric tons of illegal ivory in Germany is gre
8th September 2016 by Robert Kless
Over the last four months the German customs authorities have discovered and confiscated a total of 1.2 metric tons of Read more »
Pangolins are the most illegally traded mammal in the world. PHOTO: ©1StopBrunei
3rd September 2016 by Mark Hofberg
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is in full swing here in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thousands of conservation scientists have Read more »
Elephant advocates around the world can celebrate many major victories in the ba
3rd September 2016 by Azzedine Downes
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has long fought against the sole driver of the worldwide elephant poaching Read more »
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