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.

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Promising international steps on banning ivory trade - will the EU follow suit?
8 February 2018 Carmen Naves Munoz
As global leaders move to shut down ivory markets, will the EU follow suit and listen to pleas from African nations for help Read more »
china ends domestic elephant ivory trade in 2017
3 January 2018 Grace Ge Gabriel
To stop the slaughter of elephants, we have to break every link on the trade chain—from poaching to trafficking to Read more »
Contrary to popular belief, no ivory is needed for business
8 December 2017 Eleonora Panella
Today, 8 December 2017 the European Commission closes its online consultation to find out what EU citizens and other Read more »
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2 March 2017
This World Wildlife Day, which this year has the theme of #ListentoYoungVoices, I want to encourage everyone to # Watch Video »
18 October 2016
Our tenBoma project continues to grow and make an impact for the protection of elephants. When we announced our partnership Watch Video »
29 September 2016
Kasungu National Park, on the Zambian border in central western Malawi, used to be home to thriving elephant, buffalo and Watch Video »
27 September 2016
Namibia, South Africa and Botswana urged Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( Watch Video »
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Moroccan government, IFAW and AAP launch local scouts unit to combat poaching of
21 March 2018
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection (AAP), in close cooperation with the High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD) officially launch a new unit of local scout Read more »
Leading tech companies unite to stop online wildlife traffickers
7 March 2018
The world’s leading e-commerce, technology and social media companies are joining forces with Google and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to render online platforms and apps inoperable for wildlife traffickers to trade in endangered species. Today, 21 Read more »
Big cats – Predators under threat
2 March 2018
Big cats may never have been in more danger, and they need help. World Wildlife Day on 3 March sharpens global focus on not only the threats that face these iconic predators, but also celebrates and encourages support from the public in hel Read more »
Capacity building workshops in Morocco to combat wildlife trade
20 February 2018
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), in collaboration with the High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD) and AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection (AAP), organizes two training workshops for the c Read more »
World Pangolin Day: Reminding the world of a disappearing species
17 February 2018
February 17 marks World Pangolin Day. Small and scaly, pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal and in danger of extinction. According to media reports, in 2017 nearly 50 metric tons of pangolin scales were seized worldwide, repre Read more »
Overwhelming response to UK ivory surrender to protect elephants
2 February 2018
An ivory surrender to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade has received overwhelming support from the UK public with almost 500 ivory items weighing around 150kgs donated in just a few months. The International Fu Read more »
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NGOs joint help-sheet on EU Ivory consultation
18 October 2017 by jjohnson
Help save elephants by contributing to the European Commission’s consultation on ivory trade in the EU Read more »
Ivory Seizures in Europe 2006-2015
13 September 2017 by aclark
We have reached a critical point in time for elephants. The number of wild elephants across the world has fallen dramatically Read more »
Out of Africa: Byting Down on Wildlife Cybercrime  (2017)
21 July 2017 by
IFAW’s first ever research into online wildlife trade in Africa found 990 endangered and threatened wildlife advertisem Read more »
EU Ivory Trade Kills Elephants
29 June 2017 by
The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s briefing summarizes the important steps taken by the EU and at the intern Read more »
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First time ever training to prevent illegal wildlife trade in Morocco
25 April 2017 by svandereyd
A specialized training of enforcement authorities in the prevention of wildlife trafficking is being carried out from April Read more »
Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland
24 April 2017 by svandereyd
Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment Read more »
Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should
20 April 2017 by svandereyd
A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants Read more »
U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes
19 April 2017 by svandereyd
In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes’ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups Read more »
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