Help save majestic, endangered African animals!
Despite laws ensuring their protection, many species of African wildlife are still being hunted illegally. For instance, hunting for ivory was banned in 1989, but elephant poaching continues for the booming black market trade.
Unfortunately, poachers often have the upper hand. Under-equipped and under-staffed African wildlife law enforcement agencies are often outmaneuvered by sophisticated crime syndicates operating freely across national borders. In countries where governments struggle simply to protect their human populations, resources for animal protection are slim to nonexistent.
Non-governmental organizations, like the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), are stepping in to bridge that vital gap. In Africa, IFAW has supported specialized anti-poaching training, operations in Uganda that led to the arrest of several illegal wildlife traders, and partners with the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), a cross-border investigative agency targeting the criminal syndicates behind trafficking. IFAW has a strong partnership with LATF, and will continue to promote training efforts and other initiatives of the LATF to reduce illegal trade of animals on a continent-wide basis.
IFAW works to improve the welfare of wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress. IFAW seeks to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote animal welfare and conservation policies that advance the well-being of both animals and people.
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