In recent years, there has been a monumental increase in wildlife crime, resulting in an extinction crisis that threatens the global diversity of species, as well as the security and stability of many countries.
Wildlife trafficking is a leading cause of the wildlife extinction crisis our planet faces today. It is a multi-billion dollar global industry with a low rate of arrests and convictions. Because of its underground nature, detection is almost impossible through law enforcement alone. Protecting and incentivizing people to report illegal activity is crucial to combating this increasingly lucrative trade, which has also been identified as a major security threat.
Reward Laws for Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
The Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act, among many other laws, provide monetary rewards for those who report wildlife crime. These activities include poaching and trafficking in animals or animal parts, illegal deforestation, and illegal fishing. A recent example of how criminals are being prosecuted under these wildlife protection laws is United States v. Li, Zhifei. Mr. Li was found guilty of violating the Lacey Act due to his illegal trafficking in Rhino horns. He was sanctioned over $3.5 million dollars.
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 wildlife 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.