Almo Nature supports IFAW in their aim to increase animal welfare standards for detection dogs used in law enforcement programs that combat illegal wildlife trade, and ultimately help protect wildlife in Africa.
Canine units are often used at, for instance, airports and border controls to help detect explosives and drugs. In the fight against illegal wildlife trade, detection dogs are also trained to sniff out smuggled wildlife and wildlife products – which ultimately helps protect endangered species. However, these dogs do not always receive adequate training or proper care.
Seeing the potential with the existing law enforcement programs, IFAW started a pilot project in the city of Cotonou in Benin, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and Public Security and the Ministry of the Living Environment and Sustainable Development. The project aims to address and improve animal welfare standards for working animals.