Boris – Time to stop playing the clown – Keep London’s wildlife police02/05/2012 10:01:52
Dad will be cross
Stanley Johnson, Boris' dad, is a wildlife enthusiast and chairman of The Gorilla Organization. We wonder what he might think of little Boris' refusal to guarantee the funding.
So far, Brian Paddick, Jenny Jones and Ken Livingstone have pledged to secure the future of the Met Police Service's Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) if elected.
The candidates are adding their voices to the more than 10,000 people already backing the World Society for the Protection of Animals' (WSPA) campaign to safeguard the future of the city's specialist wildlife police in the face of austerity cuts.
The only major candidate to not have publicly supported the Metropolitan Police Service's Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) is Boris Johnson.
London is international hub for illegal trade
WSPA is battling the illegal wildlife trade as a global priority, with recent studies suggesting that the illegal wildlife trade valued at between 7.8 and10 billion US dollars each year with links to drugs cartels, organised crime, and even to terrorism.
WSPA UK Campaigns Manager Rachel Alcock said: "London's mayoral candidates want to lower the capital's murder rate. So do we. A strong Wildlife Crime Unit, confident of support from politicians, with the resources it needs to make London a city where wildlife crime becomes a memory, is what the wildlife criminal fears most.
The international animal welfare charity is calling for funding to allow officers to use and develop their specialist skills and knowledge to tackle criminality more effectively, bring criminals to justice and make London safer.
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