‘Good news on funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit’

Posted on January 23, 2013


Today (23rd January), an item was posted on the web-site of the League Against Cruel Sports titled ‘Good news on funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit’.

‘… The League’s Chief Executive, Joe Duckworth and Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ian Beaumont, had a very positive meeting this morning with the Government’s Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Lord de Morley. A number of issues were covered during the meeting, including the subject of snaring regulation, game bird cage regulation, hunting, the League’s investigative DVD, Gunsmoke and Mirrors and our upcoming symposium on the shooting industry in April.

The Minister also gave Joe and Ian some very welcome news, by confirming that the £136,000 annual funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) will be secure until 2014. The Unit had been potentially under threat because of Government funding cuts to the Home Office. You can read the announcement from Environment Minister, Richard Benyon here:


This is clearly good news for those who want to see the perpetrators of appalling crimes against our wildlife brought to justice. The NWCU is a British national police unit that gathers intelligence on such issues as the illegal trade in rhino horn, elephant ivory, birds of prey and the protection of other endangered species. It was praised by the all party Environmental Audit Committee just last year for its significant role in confronting wildlife crime on a limited budget.

Now the Government has confirmed that funding is secure until 2014, it means more of our wildlife will be protected and those who commit these crime and cause cruelty will face prosecution. The Government should now ensure financial support for the NWCU is permanent, so it can recruit and keep its best and most experienced staff to bring more wildlife criminals to justice.

In responding to the announcement, Joe Duckworth said today:  “Renewed funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit means that wildlife criminals across the country will need to take a sharp intake of breath today, and be sure to check over both shoulders before committing any acts of cruelty to our wildlife. League investigators working closely with partner organisations, including the NWCU and the police, will be waiting and watching ready to catch those who break the law.

“Whilst we welcome the Home Office’s decision, we call on the Government to secure permanent financial support in the future; this stop-start funding means there is a considerable risk of the Unit losing their best and most experienced staff.” …’

Read the item and add your comment online at www.league.org.uk/blogpost/765/Good-news-on-funding-for-the-National-Wildlife-Crime-Unit

Also read the League’s media release titled ‘Continued funding secured for National Wildlife Crime Unit’ (today, 23rd January) at www.league.org.uk/news/1104/Continued-Funding-Secured-For-National-Wildlife-Crime-Unit

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