Being an undercover wildlife crime investigator can be stressful. Convincing the criminals you investigate that you are one of them while at the same time gathering evidence to incriminate them can be mentally exhausting. It’s like being Jekyll and Hyde. Knowing when to press and when to step back is key
This isn’t just a metaphor, but another way of looking at crime. For several years now, criminologists like Derek Cornish have been developing “crime scripts” which identify and isolate what criminal actors require to perfectly execute their parts –in terms of both tools and (spoken like a true thespian) “motivation”
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Pangolins are being poached extensively and are now one of the most frequently-seized species in South East Asia. Overhunting to meet demand for their body parts has resulted in population declines which increases their value and drives further poaching in a scenario similar to the trade in rhino horn or tiger skins.
Our Senior Campaigner, Debbie Banks, reflects on the International Tiger Forum held in St Petersburg, Russia. Five Prime Ministers spoke at the meeting and committed to doubling the wild tiger population by 2022. Further actions on law enforcement and zero tolerance on trade in tiger parts are now urgently required.
The gathering, analysing and sharing of information to identify and combat environmental crime uses raw information as the starting ingredient; they connect, unite and enhance pieces of information into a more cohesive whole, called intelligence, giving a portrait of crime; where it’s happening and how to combat it
Bhutanese and Nepalese scientists have long documented the presence of tigers in the foothills of the Himalayas across Bhutan, they also documented the presence of high altitude tigers a decade ago, but nobody has obtained camera trap video footage of tigers resident at high altitude. Until now