-Wildlife Crime & Animal Abuse-
Image Copyright©️2017 Trudy Coyle
"To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The more helpless the creature, the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man"
Do You know What Wildlife Crime is?
Some protected animals or plants are sold illegally in this country, overseas or on the internet. Always be aware when buying animal and plant items, these can include:
●Dead animals or parts of them, like stuffed animals, reptile skins, birds' eggs and feathers
●Items made from animals and plants like coral, ivory, caviar or some medicines
Many types of animals and plants are protected by law because they are rare, are becoming rarer or are in danger of extinction.
Crimes against protected animals and plants can include:
●Buying or selling a protected species , this includes anything that has come from a protected species, such as moulted feathers for example, without a CITIES certificate is illegal.
●Damaging or disturbing the places where they live,
like nests, ponds, bat roosts or nature reserves
●Killing animals or taking them from the wild,
including poaching or illegal poisoning.
●Taking eggs, or parts of animals like skins or feathers,
for personal collections
●Taking protected plants from the countryside
Fines & Sentencing
Punishment for wildlife crime is taken seriously by the police and courts, with fines and even prison sentences issues for convicted offenders. Some recent (as of 2012) examples are shown below of the punishments received by those responsible for wildlife crime. These include:
●30-month prison sentence for smuggling peregrine eggs
●12-month prison sentence for smuggling ivory
●£5,000 fine for destroying a bat roost
●£2,500 fine for interfering with a badger set
●£2,800 fine for illegally selling protected fish.
If you suspect a person is trading in illegal specimens such as taxidermy, dried or preserved animal parts, ritual items containing animal parts, pelts, feathers etc PLEASE DO REPORT IT.
Your personal information will not be disclosed to those you have reported.
Officials will investigate any report of suspected wildlife crime, and they will always check whether a licence has been given for the sale of protected species.
Click the above image to report a crime.
The League Against Cruel Sports relies on information received from supporters and members of the public.
We need your assistance to help us tackle cruelty to animals in the name of sport. This information can be passed to us anonymously but it helps if you can leave a name and contact number or email address. We guarantee your confidentiality with this information and our trained staff will reassure you through this process.
Please call us our WILDLIFE CRIMEWATCH line on
01483 361 108
to speak to a member of the team
Or you can use
our confidential Wildlife Crimewatch online form.
We will guide you through the kind of information we need. Alternatively, please contact us in confidence on number above or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All calls and reports are screened by a small number of law enforcement trained staff who operate systems developed within police intelligence units to handle the information securely and confidentially. The information may lead to direct deployment of our investigators or it may help us understand a particular issue, assisting our campaigns or allow us to decide where best charity resources can be used most effectively.
If necessary, we work with partners, such as other charities, local, regional and national police units and other prosecutors to bring criminals to justice.
If you live in an area or group where you feel what others around you are doing is wrong, please talk to us. If you don’t have information now but believe that you may be able to help us in the future please contact us.
We treat all your information seriously and you may be eligible for a REWARD.
WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW
■ Details of individuals or groups using dogs to chase mammals illegally.
■ Groups keeping wild mammals to use for sport.
■ Anything about the people or groups that commit these acts.
■ Incidents of Hunt Havoc
– where hunt hounds trespass, cause damage or danger or kill livestock and family pets.
■ Any planned dog fighting, shooting havoc
(where shooting is accompanied by other conduct such as anti social behaviour)
■ The illegal use of snares.
What we specifically need
■ Meet cards. These are details of when and where registered hunts will be meeting and are available online or in hunting areas.
■ Details of people who keep fox cubs to release to the hounds, build artificial earths to encourage foxes for hunting or block up badger setts to stop the foxes going to ground when hunting.
■ Information on anyone committing badger abuse or sett blocking.
■ Anyone involved in dog fighting, the locations of dog fights or places where fighting dogs are kept.
Thank You for your help.
Useful Telephone Numbers
The WWF say that by lending them your eyes and ears, you could make a real difference to the future of hundreds of endangered species. They say they need help to fight the illegal trade in wildlife. If you see or hear about any suspicious trade in the UK or abroad, they ask you to please let them know by either using the report form on their website or by calling the Eyes And Ears Hotline which is run by WWF-UK (World Wildlife Federation)
■ Eyes and Ears Hotline
(Callers must be over 16 years of age)
If you suspect a person or business is selling items that contain protected species without the relevant Certification, you can call PAW (Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime)
■ DEFRA PAW Secretariat
0117 372 8551
Illegal Speciems for sale on eBay?
If you good reason to suspect an item is being sold within eBay, without the necessary documentation to sell legally, Click here to report such items.
If you have any urgent information about Wildlife Crime you can also contact the Police asking to speak to the
■Wildlife Liaison Officer
(Please only ever use 999 in an emergency).
Want to report something ANONYMOUSLY?
Then simply sall :
0800 555 111
Your call is free, and you may receive an award.
Important Dos & Don'ts
Helping to prevent our wildlife from being injured, killed or illegally caught and sold, is a wonderful and immensley rewarding thing to do, however,
never ever put yourself in any danger.
By following these simple steps below, it will help to ensure your own safety at all times.
■ Please do not attempt to investigate anything suspicious yourself. This could expose you personally to legal action.
■ Never jeopardise your own safety. Remember that criminals often go to great lengths to protect their illegal activities.
■ All WWF Eyes and Ears respondents must be 16y or over.
■ Don't draw attention to your interest.
■ Don't take any action, directly, yourself.
■ Don't arouse suspicion in any way. You don’t want to alert
criminals that you may be onto them.
■ Don't buy anything as evidence. This only encourages the
trade and could even leave you open to prosecution
in some countries.
■ Don't ask any questions that might let criminals know you have spotted something suspicious.
■ Do look and listen, but never attempt to investigate anything yourself. Once you are safely home, use the Eyes & Ears Hotline (number on the left) to report what you've seen or heard.
■ Do use your common sense and don’t ever put yourself at risk, things can suddenly and unexpectantly turn nasty.
Do call any of the numbers shown to the left, if you see or hear something suspicious that you want to report urgently.