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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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 »
NGOs demand a ban on EU ivory trade
13 December 2017
On Friday 8 December, the final day of the public consultation on the EU ivory trade, the European Commission hosted a meeting with stakeholders to hear their views on the action needed for the EU to effectively combat ivory trafficking. Elephan Read more »
Public urged to show support for UK ivory ban to protect elephants as Government
6 October 2017
As the Government launches a public consultation on a UK ivory trade ban, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomes the move and calls on the UK public, as well as politicians, to support increased protection for elephants which are b Read more »
IFAW unveils key partnership with Morocco to tackle illegal wildlife
24 August 2017
With illegal wildlife trade being one of the most serious threats to biodiversity, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Moroccan government’s High Commission for Water, Forests, and Combating Desertification (HCEFLCD) are an Read more »
Ifaw's investment for years in Kenya is finally paying off by an elephant popula
21 June 2017
Elephant populations in the Tsavos have increased to 12, 866 in the last three years. This is according to the aerial elephant census results officially announced at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters by Director General Kitili Mbathi. Res 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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World Pangolin Day: Reminding the world of a disappearing species
17 February 2018 by aclose@ifaw.org
February 17 marks World Pangolin Day. Small and scaly, pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal and in Read more »
Promising international steps on banning ivory trade - will the EU follow suit?
8 February 2018 by 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 »
Overwhelming response to UK ivory surrender to protect elephants
2 February 2018 by svandereyd
An ivory surrender to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade has received overwhelming Read more »
NGOs demand a ban on EU ivory trade
13 December 2017 by aclose@ifaw.org
On Friday 8 December, the final day of the public consultation on the EU ivory trade, the European Commission hosted a Read more »
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