‘League attends PAW seminar’

Posted on February 20, 2013

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Today (20th February), an item was posted on the web-site of the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) titled ‘League attends PAW seminar’.

‘… The League Against Cruel Sports was delighted to attend, and have a stall, at the annual Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) seminar at Kew Gardens last Wednesday.

PAW is a DEFRA multi-agency body made up of representatives of organisations involved in wildlife law enforcement in the UK. It provides opportunities for statutory and non-Government organisations to work together to combat wildlife crime. We heard from an impressive array of speakers from a number of influential organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), as well as a number of police officers involved in combating wildlife crime in rural areas.

It was a great opportunity to meet with like minded colleagues who are also working hard to prevent wildlife crime, in this country and across the globe. We heard some great examples of the benefits of sharing best practice to tackle issues like the rise in the illegal poaching of endangered wild animals such as tigers and rhinos. We also heard from the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) about the work they do, bringing a specialised knowledge into investigations and prosecutions. We were pleased to hear that their funding has been secured until at least 2014, and hopefully beyond.

The final speaker of the day was the League’s own Chief Executive, Joe Duckworth, who spoke on the benefits of good partnership working. Joe talked about the League’s work in sharing intelligence led information with many other organisations, which has helped to uncover not only wildlife crime, but other types of criminal behaviour such as benefit fraud, illegal gambling, theft and domestic violence. Joe also explained the important work of our investigations team, in whom we are investing over a million pounds over the next few years, and spoke about our wildlife crime unit number that can be used by members of the public to report suspects.

Joe raised the importance of building the confidence of people who live in rural areas in identifying and reporting rural crime. He announced that the League will shortly be giving guidance to dog-walkers and ramblers about what to look out for. He also spoke about the importance of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, which has been responsible for providing evidence that has led to the successful prosecution of criminals. He explained that the League was providing expert advice and training to police forces around the country, as well as providing advice on whether to pursue prosecutions.

It was an informative day, which highlighted the importance of working together for a common cause. The League has proven itself to be a vital part of a growing network of organisations and individuals  dedicated to protecting animals across the world. However, our work together is much more than just campaigning to save the fox, the badger or even the majestic but threatened wild animals across the world. It is about highlighting the message that crime is crime. Wildlife crime is inexorably linked to other criminal and anti social behaviour that blight the lives of many people in rural and urban areas. Our police forces must have the expertise, intelligence, finances and resources to bring those responsible to justice …’

Read the item and add your comment online at www.league.org.uk/blogpost/773/League-attends-PAW-Seminar

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