World Wildlife Day
Many wild animals are protected by law. It’s illegal to buy, sell or harm them, yet the wildlife trade still thrives, threatening many creatures with cruelty and exploitation.
What is wildlife crime?
- Illegally trading endangered species
- Smuggling protected animals and their parts (such as tortoises, ivory and caviar)
- Poisoning animals, or illegally using snares or explosives to kill them
- Disturbing or killing wild birds, or taking their eggs
- Disturbing, injuring or killing bats, and damaging or obstructing their roosts
- Violence towards badgers, including badger-baiting
It always surprises people how varied and widespread wildlife crime is. It ranges from deer poaching, hare coursing, people fishing for eels in the River Thames, swans being stoned to death in a park, poisons which are also fatal to people in tiny doses being used to kill birds to the more obvious ones that we immediately think of.. smuggling of exotic animals or products like ivory and rhino horn.
Why do we need wild animals?
Naturalist, explorer and author Paul Rosolie tells the Huffington Post why wild animals keep our world alive, and that without them, there is no us…
What can you do to help wildlife?
We all travel abroad these days. When you buy souvenirs or eat exotic dishes, you may be contributing to the exploitation or extinction of valuable local species. Click the green rhino on this page to learn how to be a responsible traveller…
Wildlife crime has links to other crimes
Worryingly, wildlife crime is often linked to other serious and organised crimes, as well as anti-social behaviour. Those exploiting wildlife are often already known to police for a range of other offences including intimidation, theft and fraud. This can mean that people are often too scared to report it to the police. If this happens to you, you can still help. Please call them anonymously on 0800 555 111 to share any information that you have.
With more eyes and ears around the UK to report wildlife crime, we believe we can build a clearer picture of the scale of the problem, and convince politicians to do more to tackle it.