The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Irdeto have partnered to combat poaching and wildlife crimes online. The illegal selling of animal parts is the fourth biggest illicit industry worldwide behind drugs, counterfeit goods, and human trafficking. These wildlife crimes not only decimate animal populations but also have a negative effect on the entire ecosystem, impacting local economies that rely on these ecosystems for tourism. By joining forces, AWF and Irdeto aim to protect animals from these crimes by leveraging Irdeto’s suite of cybersecurity services and technologies to investigate, identify, and disrupt the sale of animal parts on the internet. The partnership will also work with local law enforcement, providing key forensic data and intelligence to help locate and arrest the criminals responsible for this illegal trading.
On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, Mozambique officially welcomed a specialized team of detection dogs and their handlers to Maputo. The new unit has been established to enhance law enforcement activities at critical points along the country’s most notorious trafficking routes.
As the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) recognizes that the blue economy is critical to sustaining Africa’s life support systems.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) urges the D.C. Council to enact a proposed bill seeking to stop trade in ivory and rhino horn. The Council is currently considering a draft Elephant Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Trafficking Prohibition bill that will outlaw the importation, sale, purchase, barter or possession with intent to sell ivory and rhino horn products. This comes barely a year after a study by the National Geographic described Washington D.C. as the new hub for ivory trade.
On Monday, China’s State Council released a statement declaring that rhino and tiger parts from farmed animals can now be used "in medical research and healing" in "qualified hospitals by qualified doctors," which reverses a 1993 ban that was allowed to lapse. "There is absolutely no scientific data to prove that rhino horn is medicine," said Dr. Philip Muruthi, AWF Chief Scientist and VP of Species Protection. "We have a moral obligation to tell people the truth."