This page is no longer updated. Partners have agreed that CAWT has achieved its aims and should now be disbanded to allow members to invest in other initiatives to combat wildlife trafficking.

CAWT partners seek to address the growing threats to wildlife from poaching and illegal trade, working individually and jointly toward achieving the Coalition's goals, with each partner acting where it can contribute most effectively. The CAWT organisation is not directly involved in any enforcement activities.

The Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking (CAWT) aims to focus public and political attention and resources on ending the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.

CAWT was established in 2005 by a group of governments, non-government organisations, and industry representatives to combat illicit wildlife trafficking by stimulating political will, improving law enforcement, and reducing consumer demand. In the ten years since, international attention has been increasingly focused on solving the problem of illicit wildlife trafficking. International commitment to measures to address wildlife trafficking is now at unprecedented levels and is demonstrated through a number of high profile international agreements including the London Declaration on the Illegal Wildlife Trade and subsequent Kasane and Hanoi statements, and the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions on Tackling the Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife.

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CAWT at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

CAWT hosted a congress event showcasing the work of CAWT members and other anti-wildlife trafficking and anti-poaching organisations at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia in November 2014.

Poaching from Parks – combating wildlife crime in protected areas
Monday, 17 November 2014
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


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Illegal ivory ornaments seized in Australia

Sydney, Australia, 21 February 2014—Federal environment investigators yesterday seized illegal ivory products with an estimated value of up to $80,000.

Following several months of investigation, officers from the federal Department of the Environment, with the assistance of NSW Police, executed warrants at two locations in inner Sydney where they found a large number of illegal carved ivory ornaments and jewellery.

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Consumers warned against internet offers of free sport supplement products

Australia, June 2013—Australia's federal department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has warned consumers against taking up offers via the internet for importing sports and other health supplements containing endangered plant and animal species.

The department is particularly concerned by recent advertising for free bottles of Max Thermo Burn capsules from North America.

Max Thermo Burn capsules contain Hoodia gordonii. Hoodia gordonii is a cactus-like plant and is listed as endangered under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Seized Assets to Pay for Conservation of Rhinos

Los Angeles, USA, May 2013—The sentencing on May 15 of two California businessmen in Los Angeles for trafficking in rhino horn will send both to prison and ensure that $800,000 of their illegally acquired "profits" end up helping protect rhinos in Africa. 

Saying she wanted to send a message against the “extremely serious” crime of trafficking in rhinoceros horns, federal judge Christina Snyder remarked that she had traveled to Africa and personally witnessed the effects of poaching.

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