National Wildlife Crime Unit under threat for the price of 83 duck houses11/01/2013 10:58:06 114 MPs sign early day motion to preserve National Wildlife Crime Unit
January 2013. Just weeks after a report revealed that the international trade in illegal wildlife products has reached $19 million per year, and that the trade strengthens criminal networks, undermines national security, and poses increasing risks to global health, besides driving many endangered species towards extinction, the British Government is refusing to commit to providing funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
Paltry amount required
The National Wildlife Crime Unit was launched in 2006; the NWCU is a multi-agency police-led unit, set up to target and disrupt serious wildlife crime on a regional, national and international level.
Lack of support from Conservatives
With the current levels of wildlife crime reported from around the world, and with the UK paying an increasing part as a destination for illegal wildlife products, not to mention domestic wildlife crime, and for the sake of 83 duck houses so beloved by Tory MPs, what possible reason is there for not funding this unit?