Our Work

Working to deter wildlife crime

Envisioning a world without wildlife crime because governments effectively enforce the law

The Wildlife Justice Commission works with the mission to disrupt and help dismantle the criminal networks that profit from the trafficking of wildlife, timber and fish, a major crime that brings species to extinction and puts global security and public health at risk.

What We Do:

1. We conduct intelligence-led, law enforcement-oriented investigations

  • Tackling the supply chain of ivory, rhino horn and pangolin scales from Africa to Asia.
  • Saving species from the illegal live pet trade, investigating the massive global trafficking of endangered primates, exotic birds, big cat cubs and reptiles.
  • Addressing the trafficking of big cat parts, with a close look into captive tiger breeding facilities and the trafficking of jaguar, lion and tiger parts.

2. We bridge the Intelligence Gap: The Intelligence Development Unit

We support international law enforcement cooperation by developing intelligence on transnational criminality and sharing it with national law enforcement agencies, helping to build the intelligence picture beyond their borders.

Our Intelligence Development Unit is the largest intelligence analysis team of an NGO focusing solely on wildlife crime and is the cornerstone of our work. We are currently supporting several law enforcement agencies with undercover and analytical support.

3. We urge governments to act

Making the fight against global wildlife crime a priority –at every level– is crucial to save species from extinction and to curb threats to global public health and security. We inform governments about wildlife crime dynamics for them to take action with the speed that the scale of these crimes demand and hold them accountable if they fail to do so.

4. We build sustainable solutions: Training and mentoring

In many countries, inadequate technical and human resources and capacity are major factors preventing effective law enforcement action on wildlife crime. To help bridge this gap, we support the capacity development of police units in several Asian and African countries.

 

The escalating trafficking of pangolin scales

Analysis of seizure data of smuggled pangolin scales during 2016-2019 shows a significant and rapid increase in the volume being trafficked. The findings and conclusions from our Intelligence Development Unit clearly point to organised crime networks operating on an industrial scale, which is rapidly expanding year on year, putting an entire species at risk.