Grant awarded to global animal welfare and conservation charity to improve the handling of confiscated wildlife to aid survival and successful prosecutions

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WashingtonAnd November 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Close to Million dollars (US) to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) by the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to help ensure live animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade are properly handled while in custody to improve recovery and enhance procedures judicial proceedings that lead to prosecutions.

IFAW and three partner organizations will develop technical resources on the safe handling of live animals during confiscation or confiscation, and will train frontline law enforcement officers in best practices for animal care, evidence collection, and biosafety.

Project teams will also produce resources on international best practices and practical tools for live seizures and forfeitures. in a IndonesiaAnd Congo, And Guyana, Training sessions on best practices will be provided to promote legal and policy reforms for those working in the judicial sector.

IFAW will partner with the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), and Legal Atlas to implement Confiscated Animals – Rescue and Enforcement Project (CARE)An innovative and comprehensive approach to combating illegal wildlife trade in the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesia), Republic Congo (Congo) and the Cooperative Republic Guyana (Guyana). The three countries are significantly affected by the illegal wildlife trade, frequently confiscate live animals and have the potential to promote best practices at a regional level.

“Wild animals are being captured, transported and sold illegally at an increasingly shocking rate. The animals that illegal smugglers target are primarily threatened or protected species. The Confiscated Animals – Rescue and Enforcement project allows FWCI and our partners to develop the tools necessary to ensure that confiscated animals are treated in an appropriate manner. Humane and safe, receiving the best possible care while in detention,” says Loïs Lelanchon, Director of the Wildlife Rescue Program at IFAW.

Lillanchon went on to say: “Globally, current efforts to combat the illegal trade in wildlife are largely focused on wildlife products, with limited attention to the scale, importance, and risks associated with the illegal trade in live animals. This phenomenon does not only threaten wildlife conservation. efforts, but also animal health and welfare, and public health. IWF and our 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.”

Congo Wildlife is among the most trafficked animals.” Sean Sweeney, JGI United States of America Associate Vice President, Communications and Policy. “Those who survive – often juvenile orphans – require specialized care not only to help them recover from trauma, but also to ensure that their unique needs are met. It is our hope that our work in CongoAnd this work with IFAW can help ensure that every animal rescued from this trade receives the highest quality standards of care.”

“We continue to find horrific examples of wild animals being smuggled inside tubes, bags, boxes and other containers. Frequently, endangered species are highly targeted and need emergency care once they are confiscated. We are very excited to implement the CARE project in Indonesia With our government partners and IFAW. Prompt and appropriate aftercare for rescued wild animals ultimately means more lives can be saved.” Vimek Den Haas, International Director at JAAN.

“We will contribute to breaking down the legal and conceptual complexities of the common challenges faced by field enforcement agents. Legal resources are urgently needed to support successful prosecutions and the survival of confiscated live animals. The Legal Atlas will provide these resources through legal gap analysis and training, and technical assistance to improve frameworks and practices. Legal for confiscated animals in IndonesiaAnd Congo And Guyana, “He says Maria PascualCo-founder of Legal Atlas.

“These reforms are necessary to reconcile the requirements of successfully prosecuting wildlife crime with animal welfare imperatives and to maximize the role that confiscated live animals can play in their on-site conservation,” Lillanchon said.

Melanie Mahoney

About the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW .)The 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 more than 40 countries around the world. We rescue, rehabilitate and release animals and restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems we face are urgent and complex. To solve it, we match new thinking with bold action. We partner with local communities, governments, NGOs and businesses. Together, we create new and innovative ways to help all species thrive. See how at

About the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN)—Jakarta Animal Aid Network is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in January 2008 To help and protect wildlife and improve the welfare of animals in Indonesia. JAAN works with the Indonesian public and authorities to save animals from exploitation, runs programs to help reduce wildlife extinction, works to stop illegal animal trafficking, and improves animal welfare in Indonesia.

About the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) –The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global, community-focused 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, and their habitats, and empower people to be compassionate citizens in order to inspire conservation of the natural world we all share. JGI uses research, community collaboration, best-in-class animal welfare standards, and 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 more than 50 countries around the world, JGI is creating a conscious and compassionate critical mass of people who will help create a better world for people, other animals, and our shared environment. Learn more about JGI at and follow JaneGoodallInst on social media.

About Legal Atlas-Legal 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 online global legal intelligence platform at We join the global coalition against wildlife crime that threatens the Earth’s rich biodiversity. Our goal is to contribute to a better understanding of the legal challenges we all face in protecting wildlife around the world. Understand the legal challenges we all face in protecting wildlife around the world.



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