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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.


Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, July 11, 2014/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment

Trade in wildlife ranks up there with drugs, people, diamonds, and other illicit commodities. The smuggling of endangered timbers from Madagascar and cacti from the Americas to Germany; rare birds from Australia to many countries; elephant ivory, tiger parts, and rhino horns to China; and shark's fins everywhere to Asia threatens species survival. Like a more well known political  whistle blower , wildlife now has their own internet-based protector,  WildLeaks .

According to the new organization: WildLeaks is the first, secure, online whistle blower platform dedicated to wildlife and forest crime. The non-profit collaborative project was created and funded by the  Elephant Action League  (EAL) and managed by a small group of experienced individuals, including environmental investigation NGOs, environmental lawyers, accredited journalists, security professionals, and ex-law enforcement officers.

Illegal timber harvests and endangered wildlife trade (credit:  Environmental Investigation Agency )

Wildlife crime is now the 4th largest international crime in the world, worth an estimate $17 billion annually, but the guilty parties, including traders and buyers rarely receive the same level of punishment for their activities. WildLeaks offers the ability receive anonymous information on their secure website regarding wildlife and forest crimes and to use it in efforts to shame and prosecute the offenders.

Stopping the illegal poaching, eliminating the trading syndicates, and closing shops or restaurants who maintain the demand for these endangered species is a very worthy action.

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