WWF – UK – People should stop crime against Wildlife

WWF put out plea for public to be eyes and ears in wildlife crime

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: 01483 426111. Once they have heard from you, they will investigate, analyse and report your findings to the relevant authorities.

WildLife CrimeStoppers

WildLife CrimeStoppers

For urgent reports If you witness any wildlife crime that you would like to report urgently, call Crimestoppers anonymously and free of charge on 0800 555111. Alternatively, report it to your local police station.

They add an important caution though and that is:- 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. WWF Eyes and Ears respondents must be 16 or over.

DOs and DON’Ts Don’t draw attention to your interest.

Don’t take any action 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 as our Eyes and Ears, but don’t attempt to investigate anything yourself.

Do use your common sense and don’t put yourself at risk.

Do call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you see or hear something suspicious that you want to report urgently.

www.wwf.org.uk