Environmental 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 National Whistleblower Center’s (NWC) executive director, Stephen M. Kohn  presented a webinar, “Using U.S. Whistleblower Laws to Fight Illegal Fishing and Marine Pollution and Fund MPAs” on June 6, to discuss the impact whistleblowers have in protecting our oceans from oil pollution, and how whistleblower reward laws can be successfully applied to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF). Continue Reading Against the Tide: Whistleblowers and Illegal Fishing

Today, 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. The question is: was the extinction of the vaquita preventable?

Continue Reading Have We Learned Anything From the Extinction of the Vaquita?

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 and concerned citizens” to address protection and conservation of wildlife.

Continue Reading Wildlife Whistleblower Laws to be Discussed at Rethinking Animals Summit

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 850 exhibitors.  The National Whistleblower Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Ashley Binetti, will speak on the Global Wildlife Defense panel this Saturday, April 22nd from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. The panel will showcase global efforts that support wildlife habitat and defend their existence against human interference of any kind.  Binetti will discuss how empowering wildlife whistleblowers is the key to combating the global extinction crisis.

Continue Reading NWC Speaking at EDTx 2017

Last 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 tools available to them in this fight.

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

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

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 skills for lawyers seeking to represent wildlife whistleblowers and is scheduled for March 28, 2017.

Please join us for the first seminar on February 9, 2017, 12:00 pm1:30 pm, at ELI: 
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700 (Directions), Washington, DC (and webinar).
For more information and to register for the first seminar, please visit https://www.eli.org/events/harnessing-power-whistleblowers-combating-wildlife-crime.

 

Image Credit: Daniel Marasco

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 Wildcat Foundation Awards Grant for Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

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 created through Executive Order 13648 and recently codified in the Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt [END] Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016. Kohn presented on harnessing the power of wildlife whistleblower reward laws to reverse the extinction crisis. Continue Reading NWC Presents Whistleblower Rewards before Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

The 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 platinum.

On November 12th, Al Jazeera held a special screening of the most recent edition of its documentary series: “The Poacher’s Pipeline.” In the film, Al Jazeera investigators follow the illegal supply chain of rhino horns from the fresh kill in Africa to their sale in Asia, specifically in Vietnam and China. The investigation revealed that the rhino horn trade is largely made possible because of its consumer base, which is comprised of high-level government officials and politicians from Africa and Asia. Continue Reading The Poachers Pipeline: Investigating the Black Market Trade in Rhino Horn