The risks of environmental crime to nature are well known. Greed for profits that can exceed $10-20bn a year according to Interpol” are a menace to species as elephants, rhinos and tigers, for example. The seriousness of these crimes against wildlife, as well as the connections of environmental crimes with terrorism and, as exposed by the Department of States this week, human trafficking, justify all the concerns about them.
One of the best ways to combat environmental crimes is to help the authorities. However, few people know that it is possible to do so anonymously and safely. Wildleaks is “is the first, secure, online whistleblower platform dedicated to Wildlife and Forest Crime.” Its mission is “to receive and evaluate anonymous information and tips regarding wildlife and forest crimes and transform them into actionable items.” Concerned with the personal safety of the whistleblowers, the website provides information about the risks and how to avoid them.
To understand more about Wildleaks, please visit the project’s webpage. To get familiar with how this project is working (24 crime leads in the first three months), please visit The Guardian page, which provides an interesting report about the project.
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