Canadian Crime Stoppers now accepting wildlife, environmental crime calls
Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association (CCSA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Saturday that they say will lead to better detection and reporting of crimes against federally protected wildlife.
“Environmental crime and the illegal trade of wildlife is the fourth most lucrative criminal activity in the world,” said David Forster, CCSA president. “The 87 Crime Stoppers programs operating in Canada will work within their communities to educate and create awareness to assist the public in identifying these forms of criminal activity and provide an anonymous reporting platform to report this information to law enforcement.”
Currently, wildlife crime — including poaching, smuggling, and trafficking of animals and plants — is estimated by the United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol to be worth over $155 billion (US) per year.
The MOU sets a foundation for strategic and technical co-operation, including joint public-awareness projects, the exchange of expertise and the promotion of co-operation with the Crime Stoppers programs across Canada.
People who have information about wildlife and environmental crime will now be able to report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.