Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Animal charity calls for UK to toughen up its laws on wildlife crime

Following investigations into the extent of wildlife crime in the UK The World Animal Protection are calling on the UK government to create a national plan for tackling wildlife crime, following a report that shows the true extent of wildlife crime across the country.

Endorsed by Stephen Fry, Deborah Meaden and Charlotte Uhlenbroek, their investigations looked at the work being done up and down the UK by the range of enforcement bodies working to combat wildlife crime, from police forces to civil society groups.

Poaching is the most commonly reported type of wildlife crime by UK police forces and makes up nearly half (44 per cent) of all intelligence submitted to the National Wildlife Crime Unit. The species targeted include deer and salmon.

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