National Whistleblower Day

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

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

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, especially among wildlife conservation advocates, who argue the sale of cultured rhino horn could exacerbate the problem, rather than alleviate it. Continue Reading Wildlife Advocates Doubt Fake Rhino Horn Scheme Will End Illegal Trade

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 to encourage a discussion on the necessity to increase anti-corruption efforts for wildlife trafficking at CITES CoP17. Continue Reading CITES CoP17 to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade

On 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 Congress Passes “END Wildlife Trafficking Act”

Washington, DC – July 21, 2016 — The  (ELI) and the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) have announced an upcoming seminar series on Global Wildlife Whistleblowers, scheduled for early 2017.  The first seminar in the series 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. The seminars are currently scheduled for February 2nd, 2017 and February 16th, 2017. Continue Reading Upcoming Global Wildlife Whistleblower Seminar Series

Last week, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto Partner and Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center Stephen Kohn visited the World Bank to discuss the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program with members of the Bank’s environmental protection program. Mr. Kohn’s presentation covered the background and specifics of the Program, which aims to educate potential wildlife whistleblowers around the world about their rights to protection and rewards under U.S. law, thereby encouraging those whistleblowers to come forward safely and effectively. Continue Reading KKC Partner Stephen Kohn and World Bank Meet to Discuss Plans to Protect Wildlife Whistleblowers

Last week, the National Whistleblower Center’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn visited the World Bank to discuss the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program with members of the Bank’s environmental protection program. Mr. Kohn’s presentation covered the background and specifics of the Program, which aims to educate potential wildlife whistleblowers around the world about their rights to protection and rewards under U.S. law, thereby encouraging those whistleblowers to come forward safely and effectively.   Continue Reading National Whistleblower Center and World Bank Meet to Discuss Plans to Protect Wildlife Whistleblowers

Today, the Departments of Justice, State, and the Interior, co-hosted a panel discussion with the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking to celebrate “World Wildlife Day.”

John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, underscored the urgency of combating wildlife trafficking by reminding the audience, “If we don’t do better, we’re going to be telling our grandchildren what elephants and rhinoceroses used to look like.” It is this stark reality that reflects the magnitude of the international crisis in wildlife trafficking. Continue Reading Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Highlights Importance of Whistleblowers on World Wildlife Day