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Wildlife Crime

The policing of wildlife crime is a specialist subject. Wildlife crime is committed when an offence under certain Acts of Parliament has been breached, this section contains useful links to legislation.

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Wildlife offences often involve cruelty and the unlawful killing of wild mammals and birds, some of which are protected species, the destruction of fauna and flora by large scale developments, all non-domesticated animals, wild plants and other organisms. Wildlife crime also involves the buying and selling of endangered species from around the world, in a multi million pound trade.

The enforcement of wildlife crime often involves and requires partnership with other agencies outside the police, including governmental and non-governmental bodies.

Police work in partnership  with other agencies, when either leading an investigation or supporting one, these include the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Natural England, The Angling Trust, The Environment Agency and charities including the RSPCA and RSPB.

Laws exist which police enforce and provide protection for wildlife in England and Wales. For a list of legislation that provides protection to wildlife in England and Wales click here (the list is not exhaustive).

Please report a wildlife crime to police on 101, or get in contact with a Wildlife Crime Officer here.