WASHINGTON, D.C. | January 11, 2019 — Thinking Animals United (TAU) and National Whistleblower Center (NWC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a framework for cooperation, develop joint endeavors, and exchange information with regards to addressing the relationship between environmental crime, economic growth, and national security.
TAU is a communications, advocacy and coalition-building organization whose purpose is to galvanize world-wide support for the care, protection and conservation of animals and other species.
NWC is a non-profit, non-partisan legal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. that has been fighting for whistleblower rights since 1988. Its Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program aims to leverage powerful U.S. legal tools to incentivize whistleblowers around the globe to step forward with information on wildlife crime.
Through their partnership, TAU and NWC aim to improve their ability to combat wildlife trafficking around the globe.
Bonnie Wyper, Founder and President of TAU stated: “This is an incredible opportunity and incentive for everyone–from the citizen on the street to conservationists on the ground–to impact the terrible loss of these animals. We want to do all we can to get the word out to the public about this program.
Stephen M. Kohn, Co-President of NWC, stated: “We are excited to join forces with Thinking Animals to combat wildlife trafficking. In working together to raise awareness, we hope to reverse the extinction crisis.”
Scott A. Hajost, Managing Director of NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program (and member of the TAU board) stated: “This partnership will significantly enhance the public awareness of the important role that US whistleblowing laws can play in combatting international wildlife trafficking and saving endangered species.”
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Founded in 1988, National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is a non-profit, non-partisan legal advocacy organization that fights for whistleblower rights and protections in the U.S. and around the globe. Its Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program, which was a Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge initiative led by USAID, aims to leverage whistleblower reward laws to combat wildlife trafficking.