Report Wildlife Crime:
A variety of U.S. laws can be used to target illegal wildlife trafficking and activities that enable trafficking. These wildlife laws also offer monetary rewards for whistleblowers who provide information on violations that result in successful enforcement actions. Each law has different applications, so it is best to submit a report and work with an attorney to assess which law(s) apply to the information you possess.
Illegal Activities To Report:
- Buying or selling illegal wildlife products.
- Bribing foreign government officials.
- Importing or exporting illegal wildlife products.
- Providing false information on customs forms at U.S. ports.
- Shipping or transporting illegal wildlife products.
- Laundering money earned from trafficking.
- Offering or purchasing illegal hunting guide services.
- Participation of U.S. citizens or U.S. corporations.
- Involvement of international companies, such as shipping companies, that are publicly traded anywhere in the world. Goods destined for, or entering/exiting, the U.S. persons with U.S. bank accounts, or use of U.S. bank accounts or other financial institutions.
You may consider blowing the whistle on wildlife crime if you have first-hand knowledge of the wrongdoing and documents that confirm the illegal activities. Collecting and organizing evidence of the wildlife crime you observe is critical. Law enforcement agencies are more likely to investigate tips when they are supported by hard evidence:
- Business Cards
- Scientific Reports
- Billing Records
- Budget and Financial Data
- Internal Reports
- Meeting Notes
- Video & Voice Recordings
- Scientific Test Results
- Transit Routes & Transport Methods
- Bank Account Information
- Evidence of Bribery
- Money Laundering
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on wildlife whistleblower laws.