Target: Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission
Goal: Strengthen enforcement of laws prohibiting the trafficking of wild animals
A recent report published by World Animal Protection (WAP) has placed Thames Valley Police in the bottom 13 out of the 43 total police agencies in England and Wales for measures that protect wildlife from cruelty. The study also revealed a startling amount of wild animal trafficking throughout the United Kingdom, including of endangered species. This is completely unacceptable and the U.K. must do more to ensure the safety and protection of wild animals, rather than be seen as a harbor for this kind of treatment and trade.
The study surveyed Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from each force to determine what measures were already in place to ensure wildlife crime prevention. Findings showed that many of the world’s most endangered species are regularly purchased and sold online in the U.K., including exotic birds and primates. The online sale of illegal ivory was also reported to have increased by 47 percent since 2008.
South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has worked in the European Parliament to protect biodiversity for future generations and actively campaigns for improvements on wildlife protection. “I am devastated Thames Valley Police has come so low down the list of forces tackling this issue,” she said. “Wildlife crime is fast being used by organized criminal gangs as an easy option, as the level of policing is low. Thames Valley Police should recognize this and take action.”
Simon Pope, of World Animal Protection, said, “The people increasingly profiting from wildlife crime are using it to subsidize other types of criminality – often more serious and organized crime – and therefore viewing it as somehow a lesser priority would be a mistake.” The United Kingdom’s failure to subdue animal trafficking and other crimes involving wildlife must be stopped immediately and that includes not only strengthening the current laws protecting wildlife, but also ensuring that they are enforced. The protection of biodiversity is essential to the survival and happiness of all living things.
Please sign the petition below and demand that the European Commission develop a plan to tackle wildlife crime and improve the nation’s record on enforcement.
Dear President Juncker,
A recent report by World Animal Protection has not only shown the inadequacy of law enforcement throughout the United Kingdom in matters of wildlife protection, but also placed Thames Valley Police in the bottom 13 out of the 43 police agencies in the U.K.. The fact that the purchase and trafficking of wild animals online, including of endangered species, has steadily increased during the past six years is an alarming statistic.
Biodiversity is far too important for the level of policing to be this low. Please take action and strengthen wildlife protection law enforcement.
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