WASHINGTON, D.C. | August 31, 2018. On May 8, 2018, Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and Don Young (R-AK), introduced H.R. 5697, the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act (WCATA) of 2018. The bipartisan bill will “support wildlife conservation, improve anti-trafficking enforcement, [and] provide dedicated funding for wildlife conservation at no expense to the taxpayer.” It includes critical whistleblower provisions necessary to incentivize informants to risk their careers (or their lives) to report trafficking.
The Whistleblower Protection Blog published a six-part series explaining the proposed law and its benefits.
- H.R. 5697 Series—Part I: The Extinction Crisis
- H.R 5697 Series—Part II: The GAO Calls For Improved Wildlife Whistleblower Reward Programs
- H.R. 5697 Series—Part III: Whistleblowers Are The Missing Piece In Combatting Wildlife Trafficking
- H.R. 5697 Series—Part IV: Utilizing Best Practices To Combat Wildlife Crime
- H.R. 5697 Series—Part V: The Power of RICO
- H.R. 5697 Series—Part VI: Reinforcing Wildlife Conservation