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One Voice for Animals UK Campaigns

Wildlife Crime and What you can do to help

This new campaign will focus on the different types of wildlife crime we see in the UK and what we can do about it

How to report a wildlife crime

The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) give the following advice:

  • You may also link directly to your local Police Force wildlife crime page via Wildlife Crime Links. Please note that at this time not all Police Forces have such pages and that the NWCU are not responsible for the content of any pages.

  • NWCU has agreement that Crimestoppers will forward your anonymous information to them. When NWCU receive a Crimestoppers report we can ensure it is acted upon.

  • For more information click here, to be taken to the Gov.uk page. Please be aware the link shows some disturbing images

CRIME ONGING

Call 999

NOT ONGOING

Call 101

Anonoymous Report

Crimestoppers

What to do if you witness wildlife crime

If you suspect a wildlife crime is/has taken place

Do:

  • Report any suspicious activity as soon as possible to Police on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency, and ask to speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer if one is available

  • Take note of the date, time, and weather conditions

  • If possible, identify a map reference using the My Three Words app, or ideally a GPS reading of both the incident scene and location from where you witnessed the incident

  • Note a description of person/s involved including gender, age, height, clothing, etc

  • Write down any vehicle registration numbers, make, model, and colour that may be involved

  • Identify other witnesses and obtain their name and contact details

  • If possible, video or photograph the scene, or make a rough sketch

  • Cover up any suspected poisoned baits or victims to prevent any animal or person from coming into contact with them.

  • Do report. Even if you are not sure - report the incident. The evidence of wildlife crime is not always obvious.

Do not:

  • Do not disturb the scene by moving items or walking about unnecessarily

  • Do not touch dead animals or birds, especially if you suspect that poison may have been used

  • Do not interfere with legal countryside practices such as the legal use of traps and snares, hides, high seats, and shooting butts.

Never:

  • Never approach suspects or intervene if you suspect someone is committing a wildlife crime – you may put yourself in danger.

NWCU Priorities

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Badger Crime

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Bat Crime

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CITES Issues

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Cyber Enabled Wildlife Crime

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Freshwater Pearl Mussels

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Poaching and Hare Coursing

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Bird of Prey Crime

Hunting

The Hunt Saboteurs Association provide the following hotline to report illegal hunting: 07443148426.

If a hunt has endangered your animals - please email the team at Minis Law on: minislaw21@gmail.com

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