Wildlife Warriors: The Wildlife Justice Commission’s Chronicles in “Terrible Humans” by Patrick Alley

By Olivia Swaak-Goldman

I am thrilled to share the exciting news that the Wildlife Justice Commission has been prominently featured in Patrick Alley’s highly anticipated book, “Terrible Humans”. Patrick, a staunch ally in the fight against environmental crimes through his pioneering work with Global Witness, which he co-founded, has shed light on our pivotal battle against wildlife crime in his latest publication. 

The inclusion of an entire chapter dedicated to the Wildlife Justice Commission is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight our past investigations and showcase our unwavering commitment to combating wildlife crime on a global scale. With contributions from our Senior Director of Investigations, Steve Carmody, our investigator Dave, and myself, Patrick delves into the origin, vision, and key investigations of the Wildlife Justice Commission. 

Patrick’s compelling narrative offers readers an immersive behind-the-scenes glimpse into our operations, such as our gripping mission targeting Ah Nam, a wildlife kingpin in Vietnam. The book vividly portrays our three-year investigative journey, revealing the staggering extent of industrial-scale trafficking. This mission culminates in the dismantling of a multimillion-dollar market and the arrest of one of the most notorious wildlife traffickers in Vietnam.  

In addition to the story of Ah Nam, Patrick narrates two other successful Wildlife Justice Commission operations. First, he details the arrest of Navara in Mozambique, one of southern Africa’s most notorious wildlife traffickers and rhino poaching kingpins. Second, he recounts the investigation and pursuit that eventually led to the arrest of Teo Boon Ching in Thailand. Teo Boon Ching was one of the largest wildlife traffickers operating globally, specialising in the transportation of rhino horn, ivory, and pangolin scales from Africa to Southeast Asia.   

These investigations exemplify the Wildlife Justice Commission’s unique approach in combating wildlife crime across the supply chain. Through a blend of intelligence gathering, undercover operations, and collaborative efforts with local law enforcements partners, we meticulously trace and dismantle the intricate networks fuelling various forms of transnational wildlife crime. By targeting high-profile individuals – whom we call “kingpins” – we significantly disrupt their illegal activities.  

I want to thank Patrick for showcasing the invaluable work of the Wildlife Justice Commission in “Terrible Humans”. This recognition further fuels our determination to continue our relentless pursuit of justice and to safeguard the world’s precious wildlife. 

For those eager to delve deeper into these gripping investigations and explore the captivating stories of the “World’s Most Corrupt Super-Villains and the fight to bring them down”, I invite you to discover the book through the following link. 

Thank you for your continued support of our mission to combat wildlife crime and uphold wildlife justice on a global scale. Only by working together can we effectively disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks profiting from environmental crimes. By fostering collaboration, we can cultivate the necessary political will to address these issues and implement sustainable solutions that our planet urgently requires.