What We're Doing
We’re working to stop illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia.
In partnership with Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) and other partners in Indonesia and Malaysia we are working with law enforcement agencies and conservation organizations to gather intelligence and data, and investigate illegal wildlife trade cases and networks. ENV’s National Wildlife Crime Hotline and its outreach and awareness campaigns actively engage the public in combating wildlife crime and reducing demand for wildlife products. Advocacy efforts promote stronger legislation and legal protection for wildlife.
Addressing illegal wildlife trade and reducing the demand for wildlife products
- ENV’s National Wildlife Protection Network - more than 4,000 volunteers in 32 provinces - monitor and survey consumer wildlife trade hotspots and conduct valuable investigations that have led to documentation and resolution of more than 6,500 cases of wildlife crime since 2005.
The US Wildlife Trafficking Alliance is a coalition of leading non-profit organizations, companies, foundations and media interests working together to reduce the purchase and sale of illegal wildlife products. Goals include raising public awareness on the wildlife trafficking crisis, reducing demand for wildlife products, and mobilizing companies to adopt best practices and educate consumers.
Actively combating the trafficking of wildlife products
- USWTA currently involves more than 40 members including WWF, WCS, National Geographic Society, IFAW, HSUS, WildAid, TRAFFIC, AZA, San Diego Zoo Global, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Discovery Communications, EBay, Etsy, Google, Ralph Lauren, and others.
African Wildlife Foundation’s Canine Detection Unity employ specially trained detection dogs to help stop trafficking by sniffing out illegal wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn at ports and check points. This increases seizure rates, deters traffickers and intercepts wildlife products headed for transit countries and destined for consumer markets.
- A well-trained sniffer dog and its handler can search 300 passengers and 600 bags in less than 30 minutes with more than 90% accuracy. It would take 36 customs officers hours to attempt to do the same.
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