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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Larger than Tigers: Inputs for a strategic approach to biodiversity conservation
1 June 2018 Eleonora Panella
Asia is home to over half of the world's population and almost one fifth of its land mass. At the same time, Asia has Read more »
Disrupting wildlife cybercrime in Europe and Russia – new report uncovers the sc
24 May 2018 Tania McCrea-Steele
You could be forgiven for thinking that wildlife crime is something that only affects animals and people in Africa and Asia Read more »
Victory for elephants as UK government confirms ban on ivory sales
3 April 2018
A victory for elephants! The UK Government has announced a ban on ivory sales will go ahead, with a pledge that the ban will 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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International Fund for Animal Welfare and National Whistleblower Center form str
13 June 2018
Partnership bolsters efforts in tackling wildlife trafficking around the globe The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and National Whistleblower Center (NWC) have signed a strategic cooperative agreement to further advance efforts in combat Read more »
INTERPOL & IFAW co-host cross-sector workshop to address cyber-enabled wildlife
5 June 2018
Following a recent report issued by IFAW, this global workshop brings together key stakeholders to identify and share best practices. Cyber-enabled wildlife crime poses a significant threat to the survival of endangered and threatened species, s Read more »
IFAW welcomes cooperation agreement between World Organisation for Animal Health
31 May 2018
The International Coalition for Animal Welfare (ICFAW) has announced the adoption by OIE Member Countries of a cooperation agreement between the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and ICFAW. This agreement will further advance this close work Read more »
IFAW’s latest report on online wildlife trade highlights the scale and nature o
23 May 2018
Research conducted in France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom found almost one-fifth of the posts offering ivory or suspected ivory products Disrupt: Wildlife Cybercrime – Uncovering the scale of online wildlife trade – released t Read more »
Humane handling and care of confiscated live animals
17 April 2018
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), in cooperation with the High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD) and AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection (AAP), organizes a training on the humane handling Read more »
Strong UK ivory ban welcomed as vital step to protect elephants
3 April 2018
Today’s announcement by the Government of a ban on ivory sales has been welcomed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as a positive and vital step for elephants, as it urges the Government to do all it can to ensure the ban is in 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 jhart@ifaw.org
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 jhart@ifaw.org
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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Why I lashed out on Nat Geo against another call for more ivory trade
14 October 2014 by Grace Ge Gabriel
The ivory trade is killing elephants. Period. Those of us who work hard to combat the poaching as well as interdict Read more »
Poached rhino horns are being sold for profit!
7 October 2014 by Mia Crnojevic
10/01/2014-Update: Following the outrage and collective efforts, the auction house Cannes-Enchères has decided to Read more »
Progress on elephant protection at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York
22 September 2014 by Azzedine Downes
This Tuesday, I will take the stage alongside leaders of other major animal welfare and conservation non-governmental Read more »
Öffentliche Verbrennung von Rhinozeros-Horn in Tschechien
21 September 2014 by Peter Pueschel
Stringent action is needed urgently, as to say we are now “at the 11 hour to save the rhinos” is not an over- Read more »
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