Reporting wildlife crime with a new app


This video is called Wildlife Crime in Scotland.

From Wildlife Extra:

Reporting wildlife crime is made easier with the launch of a new app

November 2013: Getting the public to help report wildlife crime in Scotland has just been made easier with the launch of a new app. The app will enable people to record and report suspected cases of wildlife crime directly to Police Scotland via their iphone and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The app is the brainchild of former Wildlife Crime Education Officer, Andy Turner who was looking for a way to improve awareness, detection and reporting of wildlife crime throughout Scotland. Wildlife crime threatens a far greater range of creatures and plants than you might imagine, even damaging the environment on which they depend. In short, it’s the illegal destruction and theft of animals, plants and habitats, both in the countryside and urban areas. It can involve anything from poisoning a golden eagle to cracking open freshwater pearl mussels.

Download the App free from the iTunes store.

December 2013: The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has launched a report highlighting the victims of wildlife crime. It shows that wildlife crime is far from victimless, offering case studies of animals and humans affected by wildlife crime in London: here.

January 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a strong resolution on wildlife crime, including a call for a European Union action plan. The illegal trade in wild species and wildlife products is a multi-billion dollar industry, with the EU ranking among the three biggest wildlife markets in the world. This global trade not only threatens the survival of many species and results in inhumane treatment for billions of animals every year, but also poses a risk to local livelihoods, economies, and local and national security in many countries: here.

10 thoughts on “Reporting wildlife crime with a new app

    • One might indeed call the badger killing London government-sanctioned wildlife crime. This app works only for Scotland, where there is no badger culling. The Scottish police, as far as I know, cannot arrest people in England.

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