Wildlife Crime

Humans Have Destroyed 10% Of The World's Wilderness In 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Tech

Researchers have shown that in the last two decades, human activity has destroyed more than a tenth of the wilderness left on earth. In the 1990s, res...

For the World's Wildlife the Clock Is Ticking, But Is Anyone Listening?

Yury Fedotov | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK
Yury Fedotov

UNODC's report provides a solid understanding of the scope and scale of the problem, but realisation needs to become action if we are to help the world's animals and plants. The clock is ticking, but is anyone listening?

Why The Illegal Ivory Trade Is Just As Addictive As Cocaine

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

More ivory has been seized than cocaine worldwide in recent years, a report has shown, warning that the "absolute limit" on the animal product is like...

These 8 Huge National Wildlife Crime Unit Successes Show Exactly Why We Need It

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK

The UK's National Wildlife Crime Unit was granted another four years of funding on Tuesday following mounting pressure from animal protection charitie...

Fewer Rhinos Were Poached Last Year, But Should We Be Celebrating?

Rob Brandford | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK
Rob Brandford

Official figures released in South Africa have shown a slight decrease in the number of rhinos poached in 2015. In the first decline since 2007, offic...

Lead Ammunition - The Facts

Tim Bonner | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Bonner

According to the latest European Food Standards Agency report (2010), lead from game meat represents less than 0.1% of the total dietary lead exposure. Compare this to cereals and potatoes which come in at over 40%. In fact, the average person gains more than 60 times more lead from beer than game meat.

It's Time for the EU to Get Serious About Wildlife Crime

Catherine Bearder | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Catherine Bearder

Today is UN World Wildlife Day, an opportunity to celebrate the stunning diversity of flora and fauna around the planet and raise awareness about the importance of conserving it. This year, people and organisations all over the world have rallied around a simple yet vitally important theme: "It's time to get serious about wildlife crime."

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

Why We Need A Truly International Approach To Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

Around the world, wildlife crime is responsible for the slaughter of tens of thousands of animals a year. It is plainly wrong that the greed of those who fuel demand and facilitate the illegal wildlife trade stands to push some of the world's most iconic species to the brink of extinction - animals that have come to represent the whole idea of wildlife to young and old alike... It is scarcely believable to imagine a world without elephants, rhinos, lions or tigers. Yet time is running out to save these creatures from being consigned to the history books and to stories of days gone by.

Can a London Summit Save our Wildlife from Extinction?

Mark Jones | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Something historic happened in London on 13 February. Representatives from 41 countries, plus the European Union and a handful of multilateral environmental agencies, came together for the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Isn't It Time We Got Serious About Wildlife Crime?

Baroness Jones | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

When the UK is hosting a two day international summit on the illegal wildlife trade, involving two future kings of our country and world leaders from fifty nations, all invited by the prime minister, why does the Met police have a team of only five people to fight an illegal trade estimated to be worth $19billion a year? Isn't it time we got serious about this crime?

Rhino Horn: Myth and Legend

Dr Tom Flynn | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK
Dr Tom Flynn

The theft of rhino horns from Western museums is driven by a mixture of medieval superstition and a booming Chinese economy. Western economies are no longer booming, but keeping rhino horns in our museums is as medieval as it gets. Get rid of them.

Is Britain Still a Nation of Pet Lovers?

Rachel Cunningham | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Cunningham

Tough measures are needed now to halt the surge of unwanted pets being discarded and thrown out like rubbish.

Is the Badger Act Being Sabotaged?

Giles Bradshaw | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK Politics
Giles Bradshaw

What the RSPCA is doing amounts to a back door attempt to sabotage the Badger Act. This blog tries to explain the circumstances that have lead to this situation and to embarrass senior executives in the RSPCA into reversing their position.

Up in Smoke: Gabon Burns Elephant Ivory

Beatrix Richards | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK
Beatrix Richards

The air is acrid and the flames are scorching the grass around this huge bonfire. I am in Gabon, central Africa, watching tonnes of elephant ivory go up in smoke. There are 1,293 elephant tusks and a huge amount of confiscated ivory that has been carved into a myriad of products fuelling the fire.

Met Launch Wildlife Crime Unit

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2012 | UK

A specialist police unit that fights wildlife crime is joining forces with an animal charity. The Metropolitan Police's Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) i...