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Whistleblowing for wildlife crimes

Law enforcement has struggled to keep pace with the nimble and well-funded criminal cartels that control the trade in illegal logging, poaching and smuggling. The industry, worth $20 billion annually, uses sophisticated techniques to protect its interests, whereas law enforcement has stuck with old approaches, and been slow to adopt technology.
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Updating tech in law enforcement and general reporting so anyone at any point along the sector’s supply chain, from poaching or logging, to shipping or retail, can share information in total safety and anonymity: be that the names of traffickers, traders, businessmen, corrupt government officials and shipping companies, or information on events. Few people will approach local police because of the likelihood they are complicit in the crime, and for fear of reprisals.

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WildLeaks is the world's first wildlife crime whistle-blower website, transposing the WikiLeaks model to stem the vast illegal trade in endangered species and protected timber. WildLeaks founder Andrea Crosta, executive director of the Elephant Action League, launched the site in February 2014 with a consortium of international NGOs and government agencies in order to skew the balance back in the favor of wildlife protection.

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