REPORT WILDLIFE CRIME
The following guidelines are examples of how you can make a difference to the growing threat of extinction to many endangered species.
When travelling please report any sightings or incidents that involve wildlife or wildlife products being sold, used or consumed. You can easily use the Incident Report under the ‘Report Wildlife Crime’ section on the home page. The information you submit through this website will be assessed and forwarded immediately to the relevant authorities to follow-up. There are also country specific hotlines in this section you can call to report directly.
In many Asian countries wildlife is also often used to entertain tourists. Regardless of what anybody tells you – THIS IS ILLEGAL – the animals suffer and have been taken from wild forests, protected areas or national parks to supply this trade. Please do not encourage the handlers or owners by buying food and feeding the animal or having your photo taken with the animal. Report the incident through this website or contact the relevant authorities directly.
The most common species used in this trade are elephants, gibbons and monkeys, snakes, loris’s, bears, exotic birds and reptiles. If you witness anyone trying to sell you wildlife at markets or you are approached privately, report the incident through the reporting section on this website. Please include as much information as possible.
Your report will remain anonymous; there is no risk to you of recrimination. The information will be used to investigate the incident and where applicable, take enforcement action. By reporting you are making a real difference. Your interest and support is needed and appreciated.
- Never buy products that come from endangered species. These include ivory, rhino horn and turtle shell objects, shark fin, shahtoosh shawls and tiger skins and products derived from the body parts of tigers
- Avoid food that comes from endangered species like shark fin and turtle soup, tiger meat, snake, monkey and bear parts.
- Seek alternatives to traditional medicine that contain extracts of tigers, bears, sharks and rhinos.
- Tell your friends and relatives to do the same. Consuming these products will lead to the deaths of more of these threatened species and their eventual extinction in the wild. Warn potential buyers of these products that they risk fines and jail if they are caught. Laws do exist in most countries that prohibit the trade, possession and consumption of wildlife.
- Help to raise funds to support conservation projects.
- Donate your time and skills to conservation activities.
- Tell your your government representatives to do more to protect wildlife, they work for you after all
- Teach your children to respect and appreciate nature, their future depends on it