New Anonymous Poacher Reporting Tool – Wikileaks for Wildlife
The first secure, online whistleblower platform dedicated to wildlife- and forest crime
A group of organizations headed by the California-based Elephant Action League and focused on fighting wildlife and forest crime has launched the first state-of-the-art secure platform to submit tips and information. The goal of WildLeaks is to receive and evaluate anonymous information regarding Wildlife & Forest Crimes and transform it into actionable items.
Wildlife crime is the 4th largest transnational crime in the world, worth at least US$ 17 billion annually, after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.
Wildlife crime is now the most immediate threat to many species including elephants, rhinos, big cats and apes. Forest crime, which is the illicit trade in illegally logged timber, degrades forests and destroys wildlife habitats. These crimes also cause a significant human and economic toll.
Unfortunately for most countries, combating wildlife & forest crime is still not a priority and it almost always remains overlooked and poorly understood.
Although it is now clear that wildlife and forest trafficking has far reaching national and international security implications, many governments tend to see the problem as just an environmental issue and the global fight against wildlife and forest crime is failing.
New and innovative approaches are urgently needed and global civil society can now play their part with WildLeaks, the first international platform for whistleblowers against these crimes.
“Wildlife crimes very often go undetected and unchallenged when people do not speak up about them ” said Mr. Andrea Crosta, Project Leader of WildLeaks and Co-Founder of Elephant Action League, “and whistleblowers can play a crucial role in fighting back, creating awareness and supporting justice”.