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Arab League Calls for Collaboration to Fight Wildlife Crime


YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., July 13 -- The Arab League has called for Arab States to join in the fight against wildlife crime by actively participating in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It also thanked IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare, ) for providing technical support to improve Arab capacity building, leading towards more effective efforts to fight wildlife crime.

“Working on the ground in 15 countries around the world has given IFAW an opportunity to help many states build their wildlife law enforcement capacity,” said Executive Vice President Azzedine Downes, “the Arab League’s efforts to enforce CITES regulations will help protect the animals so important to Arab traditions and history for generations to come.”

In the year lead up to the next CITES CoP14, taking place in the Netherlands, IFAW will help facilitate the meeting of Arab States in order for those members to hold conversations amongst themselves about their collective interests and enable them to coordinate their positions on key policy issues.

About the Arab League

The Arab League has as its purpose the strengthening of the relations between its member-states, the coordination of their policies in order to achieve co-operation between them and to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and a general concern with the affairs and interests of the Arab States. To learn more about the Arab League, please visit

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW is an international animal welfare and conservation organization that works to protect wild and domestic animals and to broker solutions that benefit both animals and people. With offices in 15 countries around the world, IFAW works to protect whales, elephants, great apes, big cats, dogs and cats, seals, and other animals. To learn how to help IFAW protect animals, please visit


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