IFAW's Response to President Obama's Executive Order: Combating Wildlife Trafficking IFAW STATEMENT: Jeffrey Flocken, IFAW North American Regional Director

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Illegal trade in wildlife around the planet is both rampant and shockingly destructive to humans and animals.  We applaud President Obama's executive order to elevate the U.S. government's engagement in the fight against the growing illegal wildlife trade.  This action gives recognition to the threat the illicit trade poses not only to animals like elephants and rhinos, but also to people – a grim reality thoroughly documented in a new IFAW report, Criminal Nature:  The Global Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade . The President's decision to prioritize the issue will hopefully save hundreds of lives of people on the frontline of this battle, and also save hundreds of thousands of individual animals exploited by this brutal trade.

To view and download a full copy of Criminal Nature:  The Global Security Implications of The Illegal Wildlife Trade, please visit www.ifaw.org/stopwildlifecrime

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare



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