Decisions made in international conventions and agreements influence wildlife conservation and animal welfare as they guide international and national policy, legislation and budgetary priorities.

IFAW provides research about issues and advocates for the inclusion of animal welfare considerations into international agreements and conventions, such as United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), The International Organisation for Animal Health (the OIE), and International Whaling Commission (IWC).

We deliver expertise and help develop practical solutions that can reduce the suffering of individual animals and protect animal populations,  such as polar bears, elephants rhinos, sharks, and pangolins.

At a national and regional level, IFAW advocates for the passage of animal protection laws and to mainstream animal welfare values into other legislation and policies.

Effective national legislation establishes uniform standards for the treatment of animals within a country. National laws are often easier to enforce than a patchwork of community, state, or provincial regulation, and they demonstrate a nation's commitment to animal welfare that national leadership can represent within international agreements. In some countries, import bans or endangered species protections can be used to protect wildlife in other countries. IFAW has co-authored several petitions to list non-U.S. pangolin species as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, including, most recently, a petition to list all eight pangolin species.


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