Steve McCabe MP joins World Animal Protection to save the National Wildlife Crime Unit

Steve McCabe MP has joined World Animal Protection in their campaign to save one of the world’s leading police departments – the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

Steve has expressed his concerns about the future of The National Wildlife Crime Unit which (NWCU) is dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations and is fundamental to providing and analysing national wildlife crime intelligence across the UK. Without them, a huge number of wildlife crime cases would not be successfully investigated or prosecuted.

In the UK, native wildlife is targeted for profit and entertainment, with animals being harmed and persecuted in devastating ways. Rare bird egg theft, illegal deer poaching, hare coursing and indiscriminate cruelty to wild animals are just some of the problems faced by wildlife crime police around the UK.

But, following the Spending Review the future of the unit is under threat. Ministers have confirmed a decision, either way, will be made by the end of January, meaning in only a matter of weeks their work could face complete collapse.

Many Ministers repeatedly use the work of the Unit to demonstrate the Government’s successful commitment to tackling wildlife crime, yet they won’t confirm that the NWCU will be saved with money from their £13 million pound budget.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It is concerning that the Government won’t confirm the NWCU’S future. The Government has made much of their £13 million package to combat the illegal wildlife trade internationally and the National Wildlife Crime Unit only requires a fraction of this budget every year, with Defra and the Home Office currently paying £136k each. This continues to be a small amount to pay for such a vital unit when Police forces up and down the UK rely on the specialist knowledge of the NWCU in order to tackle wildlife criminals. It is time for the Government to come clean about their plans for the National Wildlife Crime Unit. “

For more information please visit: http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/take-action-wildlife-crime-unit

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