ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit was established in 2005 as a means to encourage public reporting of wildlife crimes. Trained case officers pass information to the authorities and track each case through to conclusion. Since 2005, the crime unit has handled more than 6,300 cases through enforcement campaigns and compliance programs targeting business owners, and reduced wildlife crimes by as much as 62% in targeted districts of major cities. ENV reported cases have also resulted in hundreds of confiscations and the successful rescue of animals ranging from tigers and bears to dozens of gibbons, lorises, and other wildlife.
ENV’s efforts to combat wildlife crime in Vietnam are carried out in cooperation with law enforcement agencies across the country, and information from ENV’s growing informant network and field investigations have played critical roles in uncovering major criminal networks that stand behind much of the illegal smuggling and trade of high-value wildlife such as rhino horn, tigers, and pangolins.
Read on to experience a typical day in the life of ENV’s Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU)…