Our planet’s wildlife is being decimated.
Wildlife crime urgently needs justice. The global trafficking of wildlife continues relentlessly, driving many species towards extinction and threatening global security and public health. Massive efforts to raise awareness and reduce demand aren’t slowing one of the world’s most lucrative forms of transnational organised crime, fuelled by big profits and low risk.
Wildlife crime has reached a crisis point:
- Every five minutes a pangolin is poached in the wild
- Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for their ivory
- Every 15 hours a rhino is poached for its horn
- There are less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild
[Well] Organised Crime
Organised wildlife crime is a low-risk-for-high-reward dirty industry. And it is big business, currently estimated to be the 4th most profitable global crime, after the trafficking of drugs, humans and arms. Organised crime networks have been attracted by the large financial rewards and low risk of detection or prosecution enabling them to commit these crimes.
Given their complex and transnational nature, wildlife crimes are often overlooked: rather than going for the high-level international criminals, more focus is placed on targeting more accessible criminals such as poachers and low-level smugglers. When illegal shipments of wildlife are intercepted, they are rarely subjected to follow-up investigations.
The Wildlife Justice Commission
The Wildlife Justice Commission believes our wildlife is not for sale to the highest bidder. It must be protected from traffickers who turn endangered species into trinkets and jewelry. Our mission is to disrupt and help dismantle the networks that support this destructive industry.
We undertake undercover, intelligence-driven investigations, with a goal of presenting verifiable, first-hand evidence of wildlife crimes to national governments and law enforcement agencies for action. We identify high-level trafficking suspects through intelligence analysis and share intelligence with governments, to enable more effective enforcement against wildlife trafficking.
Time is running out and we won’t get a second chance.
We must act differently, faster and more decisively before it is too late and species are lost forever.
Watch this undercover video of our investigators posing as buyers and meeting with a wildlife trafficker identified as Ali at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Ali is in possession of 55 freshwater turtles, including black pond turtles and the critically endangered red-crowned roofed turtle.
Our investigator alerts the police, the trafficker is arrested and the turtles seized alive at scene. Ali was later sentenced to 24 months in prison.