goldfinch

National Wildlife Crime Unit issues alert to bird owners

The UK National Wildlife Crime Unit has issued an alert to bird owners and breeders of an increase in thefts of canaries, finches and Budgerigars. Breeders and bird exhibitors in the Midlands and the South of England are being targeted by criminal gangs looking for easy pickings. Wildlife crime offers high rewards with minimum risks…
Gregory Peter Wheal

The price of repeated wildlife crime in Britain – £200

Britain’s most convicted bird egg collector has appeared in court for the 10th time for keeping protected wild bird eggs. The sentence handed out by magistrates was a £200 fine and £300 in costs. Yet again British magistrates have chosen to ignore the on-going threat to wildlife and the impact of wildlife crime on wild species.…
rhino and giraffe

South Africa speaks out against the London Declaration

South Africa has spoken out against some of the commitments in the London Declaration against poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife. Of particular concern is the commitment given by those present to end trading in wildlife products and not to undertake sustainable usage of natural resources. The South African government also claim that some…
tiger

EIA responds to London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade

The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) broadly welcomes the outcomes of today’s landmark London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade as a strong indication that world leaders are finally getting serious about tackling international wildlife crime.  The new EIA report In Cold Blood – Combating organised wildlife crime, released just days before the Conference, examines wildlife…
elephant in bush

UK to fund power behind new anti-poaching stations in Uganda

As part of the £10 million fund to fight the illegal wildlife trade and poaching, which was announced recently, the UK government is set to fund solar power panels and geo-location cameras at new anti-poaching stations in Uganda. The new stations are due to open  in the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The plans were announced at an…
elephants

United States opens first shots in wildlife crime week

In a week that is sure to be full of announcements by politicians on how they are to combat the growing trade in wildlife the United States have opened the action with major boost to combat illegal wildlife trade. New proposals put forward by the Whitehouse will severely restrict the domestic trade in ivory. The…
elephant

23 NGOs say Ivory Trade Ban Essential to Save Elephants

As world leaders gather in London on 13 February to attend a summit – hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and attended by Prince Charles and Prince William – to confront the escalating poaching crisis decimating the world’s iconic wildlife, 23 environmental, conservation, and animal welfare groups from 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe,…
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Cobra 2 leads to big wildlife trade busts

Chinese led wildlife trafficking operation Cobra 2 has led to over 400 arrests, recovery of 3 tonnes of ivory and 36 rhino horns and other wildlife products. Details of the success of Cobra 2 were released today by authorities in Beijing. Cobra is the name of a series of operations led by China and involving…
Rangers on the Front Line

Rangers on the Front Line

As senior politicians, royalty,  wildlife campaigners and officials start to meet up in London next week, staying in 5 star hotels, chauffeur driven cars and smart designer clothes, it is worth remembering who is making the biggest sacrifices for wildlife. This short video (6:44) by WWF gives an insight into the dangers faced by wildlife…
sumatran tiger

EU wildlife trafficking consultation opens to the public

The EU has opened up a 2 month consultation period with the public and organisations interested in combatting wildlife crime and trafficking. The consultation opened today and will close  on 10 April 2014 – the day that an expert panel will be convened. The results of the panel and the consultation will form the basis…
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

  Video (3:24) released today by the Environmental Investigation Agency in support of their new report In Cold Blood. The report has been been put together as part of their campaign against the wildlife trade in the run-up to the London conference next week on tackling poachers and wildlife crime syndicates.
iguana

National Wildlife Crime Unit secures more funding

The UK government has announced that it is to fund the National Wildlife Crime Unit for 2 years rather than the normal 1 year funding. The £500,000 grant will secure the unit until 2016 and allow it to plan for longer term operations than normal. The National Wildlife Crime Unit provides specialist support and advice…
nigel farage

UKIP leads fight against stronger wildlife protection

In todays vote in the European Parliament just 14 MEP’s voted against the proposal to improve the fight against wildlife crime. Half of those 14 were British MEP’s and 6 of the 7 were United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) members. The 7 British MEP’s who voted against the wildlife crime resolution were: John Stuart AGNEW…
purbaranger

UK government departments join to fight wildlife crime

For the first time two government departments are to join forces in order to help fight wildlife crime. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will join with the Department for International Development (DFID) in funding programme to tackle the trade in wildlife. The campaign will see an extra £10 million devoted to tackling…
Rajkumar Praja

World’s police on look-out for rhino poacher

Interpol has issued a Red Notice at the request of Nepal police for a wanted rhino poacher, Rajkumar Praja. He is currently on the run after being sentenced to 15 years prison for rhino poaching and trading in rhino horn. A Red Notice is an international wanted persons alert that is sent to police forces…