Using U.S. Laws To Protect Wildlife
Whistleblower awards are available for anyone who can provide information about a violation of a wildlife protection law to government officials if they successfully pursue an enforcement action. The Lacey Act, Endangered Species Act, as well as over 40 other U.S. environmental laws allow whistleblowers from all over the world to qualify for rewards for reporting wildlife crime. The award amount is determined by the responsible official of the relevant agency.
Section 1540(d) of the Endangered Species Act states:
“The Secretary or the Secretary of the Treasury shall pay, from sums received as penalties, fines, or forfeitures of property for any violation of this chapter or any regulation issued hereunder a reward to any person who furnishes information which leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property for any violation of this chapter or any regulation issued hereunder.” 16 U.S.C. § 1540(d).
Confidentially Report Wildlife Crime
If you have information related to illegal trafficking or poaching operations, submit a report using our secure, confidential intake form, and our attorneys will review your case for free. Our Whistleblower Legal Assistance Program helps connect whistleblowers with legal representation. You can get the help you need submitting the information you have to appropriate law enforcement officials and learn about your eligibility for monetary rewards under the law.