Wildlife urgently needs justice


Every 30 minutes an elephant is killed for its ivory. Three rhinos a day are slaughtered for their horns. Organised wildlife crime syndicates are now operating on such an industrial scale that endangered species are under 24-hour armed-guard; fragile habitats are threatened, and communities and livelihoods destabilised.

Wildlife trafficking is a USD 20 billion industry, perpetrated by criminal networks that cross counties and nations. It targets a board spectrum of plants, animals and fish but its impacts on our most vulnerable species such as pangolin, elephant, rhino and tiger are devastating and driving them towards extinction.

At the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC), we believe that our wildlife is not for sale to the highest bidder and must be protected from traffickers who turn majestic endangered species into trinkets and jewellery.

Our investigators work undercover to drive the wildlife criminals out of the shadows and bring an end to their multi-billion-dollar dirty business. We combine irrefutable evidence of wildlife crime gained through in-depth intelligence-led investigations with high level political engagement with governments and law enforcement agencies to put an end to wildlife trafficking.

The task we have set ourselves is daunting and often dangerous. Our goal is to target those who are profiting most from wildlife crime, evidence their criminality, and enable – and if need be pressure – governments to take action commensurate with the seriousness of the crime.

We work to disrupt and eventually help dismantle the networks that support this destructive industry, so we can ensure justice for our wildlife.

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