Wildlife Laws

Strong, internationally applicable U.S. laws, designed to fight crimes against wildlife, all include robust whistleblower reward provisions. This means anyone, anywhere may be eligible for monetary rewards, when reporting wildlife crime. These are some of the most powerful laws protecting animals, fish, plants and endangered species from illegal harvesting, trafficking, and importation into the United States.  

Criminals involved in the illegal wildlife trade can often be prosecuted for breaking additional non-wildlife related laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits the bribery of foreign government officials, and the False Claims Act, which prohibits submitting fraudulent claims, such as false customs forms, to the U.S. government.

For a Comprehensive Overview of the Impact Whistleblowers Can Have on Combating Global Wildlife Crime, Read Stephen Kohn’s Article in the Environmental Law Reporter, Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence.

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