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Have We Learned Anything From the Extinction of the Vaquita?

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Vaquitas caught in gillnetsToday, on Endangered Species Day, we bid farewell to yet another beautiful species decimated by human activity: the vaquita.  With less than a handful of these small porpoises left in the world, experts have concluded there is no option but to pursue a risky, last-ditch attempt at preserving vaquitas by removing them from the wild and placing them in captivity.… Continue Reading

Wildlife Whistleblower Laws to be Discussed at Rethinking Animals Summit

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Rethinking Animals SummitThe Rethinking Animals Summit 2017 will be held May 6-7 addressing the massive global exploitation of animals and ways to create sustainable initiatives – including wildlife whistleblower laws. As humans continue to exploit animals and their resources for economic activities their existence becomes increasingly threatened. The summit aims to assemble “science, health business, conservation, animal welfare, security and ethics leaders… Continue Reading

NWC Speaking at EDTx 2017

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 12.23.30 PMEarth Day Texas, or EDTx 2017, will take place Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.  EDTx is notably “the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future.” This year’s agenda is packed with presentations from over 225 experts and thought leaders and… Continue Reading

An Uncertain Future for South Africa’s Rhinos

Posted in International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Rhino mother and babyOn April 5, 2017, South Africa’s Constitutional Court legalized domestic trade in rhino horn against the South African government’s desire to keep the ban in place.  South Africa is home to 70% of the world’s dwindling population of rhinos, and the decision has sparked questions about the potential impact on poaching and rhinos’ survival in the country.… Continue Reading

Tackling Wildlife Trafficking: Legal Tools and Tactics

Posted in Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
ELI Seminar Part Two PanelThe National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) hosted the second part of its seminar series on wildlife crime whistleblowers on March 28th, 2017.  “Representing Wildlife Whistleblowers: Technical Skills for Lawyers” focused on wildlife crime prosecutions and the powerful U.S. laws that attorneys can use when helping whistleblowers report wildlife crime.  These laws include not only wildlife… Continue Reading

Elephant Action League’s Wildleaks Joins NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Posted in Campaigns, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildleaks and the NWCPress Release March 29, 2017 Elephant Action League (EAL), through its project WildLeaks, and the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), through its Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program, are thrilled to announce a collaboration that will enable wildlife whistleblowers around the world to safely and anonymously file wildlife crime reports, and help ensure that these courageous whistleblowers qualify for monetary rewards.… Continue Reading

Despite Bipartisan Efforts to Stand Up to Wildlife Trafficking, Agencies Continue Their Standstill  

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Endangered_GorillaLast year, Steve Kohn informed the world about dormant whistleblower provisions in wildlife protection laws that, if activated, would effectively combat wildlife trafficking. While several branches of the U.S. government have committed to addressing trafficking activities that have pushed many iconic species such as tigers and elephants to the brink of extinction, federal agencies have yet to use all the… Continue Reading

World Wildlife Day Comes at a Turning Point in Wildlife Protection History

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
#DoOneThingTodayToday is UN World Wildlife Day, which marks the day that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), was signed in 1973. Celebrated globally, World Wildlife Day raises awareness of the importance of our world’s wild animals and plants, and is more crucial now than ever before.… Continue Reading

Seminar Series on Whistleblowing Highlights Need for Robust System of Protection and Rewards

Posted in Events, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Whistleblower SeminarOn February 9th the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), in partnership with the National Whistleblower Center, hosted the first seminar in a two-part series on wildlife whistleblowing. “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” focused on the vital role that whistleblowers play in the fight against global wildlife trafficking. Panelists included Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of The National Whistleblower… Continue Reading

Registration Now Open: Wildlife Whistleblower Seminar Series with ELI

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 3.09.05 PMREGISTRATION NOW OPEN! National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Insitutte (ELI) are hosting a seminar series on wildlife whistleblowing this February 2017. The first seminar in the series, “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” will explore enabling whistleblowers around the world to improve the enforcement of over 44 wildlife laws. The second seminar will address technical… Continue Reading

Wildcat Foundation Awards Grant for Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 3.14.05 PMWashington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced today that it received a significant grant from The Wildcat Foundation.  This grant will provide primary funding for the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program.  The NWC’s emerging Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program counters wildlife crime and promotes conservation by harnessing the power of whistleblower reward laws.… Continue Reading

NWC Presents Whistleblower Rewards before Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 5.46.15 PMThis morning, National Whistleblower Center (NWC) Executive Director Stephen Kohn addressed the Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, a group of private sector experts charged with advising the Presidential Task Force on a multi-pronged approach to combat wildlife trafficking. The Task Force, co-chaired by the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Interior, and the Attorney General (or designees thereof), was… Continue Reading

The Poachers Pipeline: Investigating the Black Market Trade in Rhino Horn

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
The Poachers Pipeline: Investigating the Black Market Trade in Rhino HornThe illegal rhino horn trade is one of the most potent and corrupt in the illegal wildlife trafficking arena, resulting in the death of at least 6,000 rhinos in the last decade alone, leaving only 25,000 rhinos remaining. Rhino horn is also one of the most profitable products on the illegal wildlife black market, considered more valuable than gold and… Continue Reading

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
webinar-imageOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision of monetary incentives to persons… Continue Reading

Wildlife Advocates Doubt Fake Rhino Horn Scheme Will End Illegal Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 3.23.00 PMPembient, a U.S. Company, is using 3D technology to engineer ‘cultured’ rhino horn containing a mixture of real rhino DNA signature and keratin. Pembient believes it can reduce the economic incentive for poachers by flooding the market with the synthetic horn at very low cost, therefore driving down the demand for the real thing.  However, the product has been controversial,… Continue Reading

CITES CoP17 to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 10.38.27 AMThe Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) began this past week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drug and Crime, and John Scanlon, secretary-general of CITES, have both recognized the growing issue of wildlife trafficking. Fedotov and Scanlon have partnered… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Tip Alerts NOAA to Illegally Harvested Atlantic Striped Bass

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-09-28 at 10.04.42 AMYesterday, the Department of Justice announced that Dewey W. Willis Jr. plead guilty to federal charges for the illegal harvest of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters in 2010. It has been illegal to harvest the Atlantic striped bass, also referred to as a “rockfish” or a “striper,” from federal waters since 1990, due to the severe decrease in stock.… Continue Reading

Congress Passes “END Wildlife Trafficking Act”

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 4.38.18 PMOn September 21, 2016, The House of Representatives voted by unanimous consent to pass H.R. 2494, the Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act. The bipartisan legislation, designed to combat the growing wildlife trafficking crisis, passed the Senate unanimously last week, on September 15.  The legislation is now before the President for signature.… Continue Reading

Blowing the Whistle to Promote Sustainable Oceans

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 9.55.37 AMToday marks the start of the third Our Ocean conference hosted by Secretary of State John F. Kerry.  The conference, which is being held in Washington, DC from September 15-16, 2016, will focus on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and marine pollution, among other pressing concerns. As Secretary Kerry acknowledged, “The richness and diversity of our marine resources are being… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Selected as Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Grand Prize Winner

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
IMG_1403Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Today, the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge announced the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) as a Grand Prize Winner. The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, an initiative of USAID in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC, is finding new, innovative solutions to the most intractable issues in the fight against wildlife trafficking.… Continue Reading