WASHINGTON, November 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Near $ 1 million (US) has been awarded to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the US Department of State to help ensure that live animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade are properly treated while in detention. improve collection and strengthen legal processes leading to prosecutions.
IFAW and three partner organizations will develop technical resources on the safe handling of live animals during seizure or confiscation and train law enforcement officers on animal welfare best practices, collection evidence and biosecurity.
Project teams will also produce resources on international legal best practices and practical tools for live seizures and confiscations. In Indonesia, Congolese, and Guyana, training on best practices to promote legal and policy reforms will be offered to people working in the justice sector.
IFAW will work in partnership with Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Legal Atlas to implement the Confiscated Animals – Rescue & Enforcement Project (CARE), an innovative and holistic approach to fight illegal wildlife trafficking in the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia), Republic of Congolese (Congolese) and Cooperative Republic of Guyana (Guyana). All three countries are significantly affected by the illegal wildlife trade, frequently confiscate live animals, and have the potential to foster best practices at the regional level.
âWild animals are captured, transported and sold alive at an increasingly shocking rate. The animals targeted by illegal traffickers mainly come from threatened or protected species. The Confiscated Animals – Rescue and Enforcement project enables IFAW and its partners to develop the tools necessary to ensure that confiscated animals are treated in a humane and safe manner, and receive the best possible care while in detention, âsaid Lois Lelanchon, responsible for the wildlife rescue program at IFAW.
Lelanchon went on to say, âGlobally, current efforts to tackle the illegal wildlife trade are largely focused on wildlife products, with limited attention to scale, importance and resources. risks associated with illegal trafficking in live animals. This phenomenon not only threatens the conservation of wildlife. but also animal health and welfare and public health. IFAW and its partners will establish sustainable resources and activities on three continents and our goal is to have a foundational framework that can help other countries facing similar challenges.
“from Congo wildlife is among the most trafficked, âsaid Shawn sweeney, JGI United States Associate Vice-President, Communications and Policy. âThose who survive – often young orphans – need specialized care not only to help them recover from their trauma, but also to ensure that their unique needs are met. We hope that our work in Congolese, and this work with IFAW can help ensure that every animal rescued from this trade receives the highest quality of care. “
“We continue to find shocking examples of wildlife being smuggled in pipes, suitcases, crates and other containers. Often critically endangered species are targeted and require emergency care an times confiscated. We are very happy to implement the CARE project in Indonesia with our government partners and IFAW. Prompt and proper tracking of rescued wildlife ultimately means more lives can be saved, âsays Femke den haas, international director at JAAN.
âWe will help remove the legal and conceptual complexities of the common challenges facing enforcement agents in the field. Legal resources are urgently needed to support successful prosecutions and the survival of confiscated live animals. Legal Atlas will generate these resources through legal gap analyzes, training, and technical assistance to improve legal frameworks and practices for confiscated animals in Indonesia, Congolese and Guyana, “said Marie pascual, co-founder of Legal Atlas.
âThese reforms are crucial to reconcile the requirements for successfully prosecuting wildlife crimes with animal welfare imperatives and for maximizing the role that confiscated live animals can play for in situ conservation,â said Lelanchon.
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About the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) âThe International Fund for Animal Welfare is a global, non-profit organization that helps animals and people thrive together. We are experts and ordinary people, working across seas, oceans and in over 40 countries around the world. We save, rehabilitate and release animals, and we restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems we face are urgent and complicated. To solve them, we combine new thinking with bold action. We work in partnership with local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses. Together, we are developing new and innovative ways to help all species thrive. Find out how at ifaw.org.
About Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN)âJakarta Animal Aid Network is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in January 2008 to help and protect wildlife and improve animal welfare in Indonesia. JAAN works with the public and Indonesian authorities to save animals from exploitation, runs programs to help minimize the extinction of wildlife, strives to end the illegal animal trade and improve the good -be animals in Indonesia.
About the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) –Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global community-centered conservation organization founded in 1977 that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane goodall in more than 30 countries around the world. We aim to understand and protect chimpanzees, other apes, their habitats, and empower people to be compassionate citizens in order to inspire conservation of the natural world we all share. JGI uses research, collaboration with local communities, the best animal welfare standards and the innovative use of science and technology to inspire hope and turn it into action for the common good. Through our Roots & Shoots program for young people of all ages, now active in over 50 countries around the world, JGI is creating an informed and compassionate critical mass of people who will help create a better world for humans, other animals. and our environment community. Learn more about JGI at janegoodall.org and follow @JaneGoodallInst on social media.
About the Legal AtlasâLegal Atlas is dedicated to decoding the complexities of law, making it understandable and accessible on a global scale. Our work is guided by a vision of smarter laws for a smarter planet. We provide open access to our global online legal intelligence platform at https://legal-atlas.net. We join the global alliance against wildlife crimes that threaten the rich biological diversity of the earth. Our goal is to contribute to a better understanding of the legal challenges we all face in protecting wildlife around the world. Understanding of the legal challenges we all face in protecting wildlife around the world.
SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare