Saturday, 20 February 2016
Petitions to Help Secure Future Funding from Government for the National Wildlife Crime Unit
The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU)was set up in 2006 to investigate and prosecute wildlife criminals who commit crimes or cruelty against wild animals. The Unit does vitally important work investigating crimes such as badger baiting, hare coursing, illegal persecution of birds of prey, deer poaching, rare bird egg theft and trade in endangered species.
In 2014 the Government announced funding for just 2 years to support the NWCU. Sadly, this Unit may be forced to close in six weeks as the Government has, so far, not confirmed that it will continue to fund this crucial Unit. The Government has always seemed exceedingly proud of its commitment to end international wildlife crime and illegal trade in wildlife products setting aside £10 million pounds for this purpose. Surely, it can, therefore, find just £427,000 per annum to fund the NWCU?
If you would like to sign petitions to ask the Government to continue funding there are two available:
38 Degrees petition
More information about the National Wildlife Crime Unit can be found at their website
and another link to an article in the Guardian last week:
which gives further information.
Please also consider writing to your MP urging them to ask DEFRA to continue funding the NWCU.
Thanks so much.
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