URGENT: Demand That OUR UK Wildlife STAYS Protected!

The future of the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) is at immediate risk due to funding cuts. The NWCU helps hundreds of animals, both wild and tame, and brings poachers and perpetrators to justice. In the last few days we've heard that Defra, which provides much of the funding for the NWCU, has agreed to cut around 30% of its annual budget, and that the NWCU will be one of the first victims. Current NWCU funding ends in MARCH 2016! Please sign this petition to demand that the NWCU remains funded, to protect UK wildlife from poaching, capture, butchering, cruelty, and population depletion.

The impact of the NWCU being scrapped would be immediate tragedy for wild animals. Wildlife crime is abundant and shows no signs of easing either across the UK or internationally. Animals are hunted, smuggled, butchered for their body parts or kept alive in order to be sold on. Thousands of animals suffer and die in the UK every year as a direct result of wildlife crime The NWCU is absolutely critical in the fight against wildlife criminals.

The unit investigates and prosecutes wildlife criminals that local police forces simply wouldn’t be able to deal with, without them. Just a couple of weeks ago, two such criminals pled guilty to offences relating to the possession and offering for sale of two wild peregrine falcons on Facebook! The expertise and experience of staff at the unit was vital to their conviction, when the local police were not going to do anything!

Please sign the petition and let the government know what we want our wildlife to remain protected by the dedicated and specialist work of the NWCU. 

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The unit has been heralded by the Government for the past few years as a shining example of their unwavering commitment to tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade. They have been determined to show how seriously they take this issue, with its links to serious, organised crimes. As well as signing this petition, people in the UK, please take the time to write an email to your local MP, urging them to take a stand and demand that the Government saves the NWCU. 

Our petition is at a deadlock. With no new signatures, shares, messages or people to help spread the word, I can not send it to the uk government. We have only a few days left before the first of the cuts will be made. Please help pick up this petition and get more people signing and sharing. Thank you so much for all of you who have signed and shared. I am very grateful. Thank you so much! But I must ask you guys to really push on with this petition and fight the battle that needs to be fought. Together we can stop this from happening, but for this to happen we need more signatures. Hope you have a lovely day, and keep on making a difference in this world. We need more people like you! Xxx

Update #46 years ago
I am so pleased to announce, that this petition was a success in saving the national wildlife crime fund. It has been granted a further 4 years of funding...no cuts will be made! This was all down to you guys, I can not thank you enough! All of your amazing, hard hitting comments were a success, in making the government think. Keep making a difference! All the best! Chloe xxxxx
Update #36 years ago
Our petition is at a deadlock. With no new signatures, shares, messages or people to help spread the word, I can not send it to the uk government. We have only a few days left before the first of the cuts will be made. Please help pick up this petition and get more people signing and sharing. Together we can stop this from happening, but for this to happen we need more signatures. A big thank you to everyone who has signed and shred! Hope you have a lovely day! Xxx
Update #26 years ago
We have finally reached 2,000 signatures! But we need more! Please tell others to SHARE THIS PETITION AND SIGN IT TOO! We need as many people as possible, to sign this petition, if we want the government to listen to us and take us seriously. I can not even begin to tell you AMAZING people, how important this issue is and what devastating effects will inevitably follow. 3 month to Go, until the cuts are made. Please help us to put a stop to this! 😉
Will keep you posted. Many thanks. Xxx
Update #16 years ago
No updates yet, but please keep signing and SHARE SHARE SHARE! Our aim is to reach 10,000 signatures! We can only achieve this if the word is spread. Please tell others to comment as well as sign. This really helps to get the message across and make the government think. This is a very important and worth while petition and one that needs people like you! Happy sharing! Xxx
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