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Bullhooks have long been used to “train” elephants by striking or stabbing them.
6th September 2016 Carson Barylak
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a ban on the use of bullhooks and other inhumane devices to Read more »
Elephant advocates around the world can celebrate many major victories in the ba
3rd September 2016 Azzedine Downes
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has long fought against the sole driver of the worldwide elephant poaching Read more »
Pangolins are the most illegally traded mammal in the world. PHOTO: ©1StopBrunei
3rd September 2016 Mark Hofberg
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is in full swing here in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thousands of conservation scientists have Read more »
The International Fund for Animal Welfare prescribes to being both conservationi
2nd September 2016 Azzedine Downes
In this day and age when oversimplification is the norm and the nuances of our complex value systems are overshadowed by a Read more »
President Obama made the historic announcement to expand the Papahānaumokuākea M
1st September 2016 Azzedine Downes
Yesterday, I had the great honor of joining President Obama in celebrating the Administration’s landmark decision to Read more »
The IUCN condemns the killing of whales by Japan under the façade of science.
1st September 2016 Sharon Livermore
Experts from around the world have voted overwhelmingly against Japan’s so-called scientific whaling in the Antarctic Read more »
Devil Rays need more protection.  PHOTO: ©Eric Savetsky
1st September 2016 Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed
Devil Rays are distinguished from other rays by their elongated wing-like pectoral fins. These large filter feeders eat low Read more »
The IUCN pass a pangolin resolution that is a victory for all pangolins. PHOTO:
31st August 2016 Mark Hofberg
Scientists from around the world agree: All pangolins need to be protected. That’s the message made clear by the Read more »
We are following a resolution that encourages governments globally to c
31st August 2016 Azzedine Downes
I am headed this week with an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) delegation of scientists, policy makers and Read more »
23rd October 2015
One sometimes forgets that poverty is a global problem. Even in developed countries, there are millions of people who Watch Video »
22nd October 2015
In our last Northern Dogs veterinary clinic of the year, we spent three days, with 40 hours of surgery, providing spay/ Watch Video »
13th October 2015
Who can resist babies? Doesn’t matter the species, chances are most of us will smile when we see innocent, playful, Watch Video »
6th October 2015
“Blood Lions,” a documentary that exposes the South African canned lion hunting industry, will premiere on US Watch Video »
7th October 2015
This blog comes from Jennifer Hart, a volunteer on the IFAW Northern Dogs Project. A good friend had done multiple trips Watch Video »
6th October 2015
After my previous blog “Dream under Construction,” we received letters of support, generous donations, and Watch Video »
1st October 2015
Last week, our IFAW team in Russia released two more rehabilitated bear cubs back to the wild. Both bears were named Watch Video »
This companion film is an excellent introduction to the content, concepts and issues presented in the "Keep Wild Watch Video »
21st September 2015
The following blog is part of an occasional series about IFAW staff who have opened their homes to adopt pets from our Watch Video »
Young leaders from 25 countries launch the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife
3rd March 2016
Today, World Wildlife Day, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announced that 34 extraordinary young leaders in conservation and animal welfare from around the world have been selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 candidates as delegates Read more »
New Report Reveals Thriving  Undocumented Ivory Market in Hawaii
3rd March 2016
The online trade in ivory and related wildlife products is rampant in Hawaii, which remains one of the United States’ major markets for ivory, according to a new report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society Interna Read more »
IFAW World Wildlife Day Statement
3rd March 2016
Azzedine Downes, President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare issued the following statement on World Wildlife Day: “Today on World Wildlife Day we are proud to join forces with the U.S. Department of the Interior and an allia Read more »
IFAW applauds European Commission’s Action Plan to tackle illegal wildlife trade
26th February 2016
The European Commission launched the European action plan against wildlife trafficking (link) in Brussels today, an historic EU initiative to prevent the killing and illegal trade of wildlife. The 5 year plan was welcomed by IFAW who has been advocat Read more »
No fin whales to be killed in Iceland this summer
25th February 2016
No fin whales will be slaughtered in Iceland this summer, according to Icelandic media reports this morning. The country’s lone whaling crusader, Kristjan Loftsson, is quoted in Iceland’s daily newspaper Morgunbladid which claims he will Read more »
Decisive momentum in tackling wildlife trafficking for the European Union around
22nd February 2016
The European Commission launches the European action plan against wildlife trafficking in Brussels on Friday 26th February. In doing so it establishes another front in the global fight against the criminal trade in wildlife products such as elephant Read more »
IFAW President Azzedine Downes honored as ‘Animal Guardian’ in Rodale 100 list
27th January 2016
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – President and CEO Azzedine Downes is named as an “Animal Guardian” in Rodale, Inc.’s first ever Rodale 100 List under the Social Outreach category. The list is compri Read more »
Sri Lanka Destroys 359 Elephant Tusks
25th January 2016
Corrected 26 January 2016: Number  of tusks destroyed was 359. Sri Lanka this morning destroyed its ivory stockpile of 359 elephant tusks. Included in the stockpile which was crushed and then burned, was 1,5 tonnes of ivory confiscated in Colomb Read more »
More than 32 Tonnes Illegal Ivory Seized in 2015
4th January 2016
More than 32 tonnes (35 US tons) of poached ivory has been reported seized during 2015, with at least 18 seizures of amounts classified as large, ie. in excess of 500 kilograms. In Thailand in April two seizures alone added up to seven tonnes, while Read more »
Sperm Whale Fact Sheet
by rbartlett
These sociable and deep-diving whales get their name from a peculiar organ inside their giant heads, the spermaceti organ, wh Read more »
Blue Whale Fact Sheet
by rbartlett
The largest animal in the world was once brought shockingly close to extinction by relentless whaling. There used to be over Read more »
Humpback Whale Fact Sheet
by rbartlett
Arguably the most well-known and best-loved of all the whales, humpback whales are known to sing for minutes or hours. Solita Read more »
IFAW Annual Report 2013
by rbartlett
IFAW Annual Report 2013 Read more »
by adintino
Wildlife crime ranks among the most lucrative of serious and organised international crimes along with human trafficking, dru Read more »
by adintino
Wildlife crime ranks among the most lucrative of serious and organised international crimes along with human trafficking, dru Read more »
World of Animals Issue 18
by rbartlett
World of Animals Issue 18 Read more »
IFAW: A case for stepping up CITES enforcement in the EU
by rbartlett
IFAW recently investigated how CITES is enforced in the European Union, and given the amount of wildlife goods being seized, Read more »
Nuclear Accidents and the Impact on Animals
by jjones
A committee of Subject Matter Experts (Appendix A) from Japan and the United States was convened May 2-3, 2011 to discuss ani Read more »
Wayward manatee finally rescued on Cape Cod
22nd September 2016 by Katie Moore
UPDATE (September 27, 2016): During a routine medical exam, Mystic Aquarium staff discovered that the wayward manatee named Read more »
An elephant is made to perform in another zoo.
21st September 2016 by James Kinney
You already know that elephants across Africa are being slaughtered for their ivory tusks at the rate of about one every 15 Read more »
Canadian seal hunt doc to be seen by Discovery’s millions of viewers
21st September 2016 by Sheryl Fink
The feature documentary Huntwatch, narrated by actor Ryan Reynolds and produced by the International Fund for Animal Welfare Read more »
Online illegal wildlife trade: An island perspective
21st September 2016 by Nancy Barr
Youth Forum Delegate Stefan Knights, a lawyer and postgraduate student, is promoting access to information, public Read more »
Wildlife species at stake at CITES conference in South Africa
21st September 2016 by adintino
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will hold its 17th Conference of Read more »
Stars come out for Hollywood premiere of IFAW seal hunt documentary
20th September 2016 by Donna Gadomski
Last week at NeueHouse Hollywood, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) teamed up with the Discovery Channel to Read more »
Annual study of beluga whales in Russia’s White Sea successfully concludes
20th September 2016 by Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova
Another season of data collection of the Solovetsky Island beluga whale congregation off Cape Beluzhy, held every year as Read more »
Approximately 1,500 households in Greater Manas have benefitted from fuel effici
16th September 2016 by Rupa Gandhi Chaudhary
When a Wildlife Trust of India survey revealed that 92 percent of Indian village households near wildlife habitats are Read more »
16 dolphins were staged on the beach to be triaged and prepared for transport.
16th September 2016 by Katie Moore
UPDATE:The following morning brought another single rescue and release.  Friday afternoon an additional 15-20 dolphins Read more »

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Azzedine Downes and Mark Hofberg discuss wildlife protection measures at CITES in The Guardian: Wildlife trade summit is a 'do or die' moment for endangered animals  read more.

Bloomberg picks up tenBoma with Faye Cuevas: Sniffer Dogs, U.S. Army Software Help Kenya Curb Poaching  –  read more.

IFAW’s documentary Huntwatch earns an LA Times review: Seal hunting is the target of the unflinching documentary Huntwatch –  read more.

Jeffrey Flocken in Washington Post on CITES elephant decisions: The world just agreed to the strongest protections ever for endangered  –  read more.

Boston Globe talks with Katie Moore about our exciting rescue: The Cape Cod manatee is pregnant  –  read more.


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