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Wildlife Trafficking: Fighting a Culture of Intimidation

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wayne Lotter, ConservationistEvery day, park rangers and conservationists like Wayne Lotter, of PAMS Foundation Tanzania, risk their lives to fight against global wildlife trafficking. Too often, their stories end in tragedy. Over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty in the last 10 years. And last week, Lotter was shot and killed in Tanzania. These killings send a chilling… Continue Reading

Four Ways Whistleblower Rewards Can Save Lions From Extinction

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
LionLion populations worldwide have been in consistent decline, initially classified as vulnerable and more recently added to the Endangered Species Act. Whether killed for sale in the wildlife trafficking trade, as a hunting trophy, or in retaliation for feeding off farmers’ livestock, humans are the cause for the dwindling population. But humans can also be the solution, if given the opportunity.… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wild leopard in Kruger ParkThe illegal wildlife trade is wiping entire species from our planet, and causing irreparable damage to our biological ecosystems. Despite all of the national and international government regulations and anti-poaching measures by nonprofit groups and other organizations, wildlife trafficking is an incredibly lucrative trade that continues to thrive, valued at $7 – 23 billion per year. If there is any… Continue Reading

Against the Tide: Whistleblowers and Illegal Fishing

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
World Ocean Day (June 8th), is a global celebration of the vast, and largely unexplored, underwater world that makes up the majority of our planet. It’s also an annual opportunity to highlight the action needed to preserve the ocean’s extraordinary ecosystems, of which we still haven’t even scratched the surface of understanding. In the spirit of World Oceans Day, the… Continue Reading

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
The 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
Earth 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
Today 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
REGISTRATION 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
Washington, 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
This 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
On 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
Pembient, 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
The 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
Yesterday, 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