Wildlife crime in London
We work closely with the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit, supporting specific projects and helping increase Londoners’ awareness of wildlife crime.
The Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) is responsible for enforcing the laws that protect our wildlife. World Animal Protection has helped raise awareness of wildlife crime and the WCU by:
- Producing a report that highlights the breadth and diversity of the wildlife crime happening in the capital
- Working alongside the WCU and Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), to produce a map that plots wildlife crime intelligence reports in each borough.
- Funding Borough Officer Training Days so they can keep up with the latest techniques to tackle wildlife crime
Wildlife crime across the UK
In the absence of a national domestic plan for tackling wildlife crime, forces across the UK are co-ordinating efforts to tackle the priority wildlife crimes in their area.
Why is this important?
Forces such as Derbyshire, Devon and Cornwall, Scotland, Cumbria and those in Wales all have their own strategies and feed their intelligence back to the National Wildlife Crime Unit. This is vital in helping to build an accurate picture of the scale of the problem.
We are calling on all forces to integrate a wildlife crime strategy into their core policing.