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What is a Wildlife Crime?

In general, wildlife crime is any action which contravenes current legislation governing the protection of the UK’s wild animals and plants and includes:
• Hare Coursing
• Deer poaching
• Fish poaching
• Badger persecution – including baiting, snaring, shooting, and disturbance of setts
• Bat persecution
• Egg theft/collection
• Bird of Prey persecution – through poisoning, trapping, shooting, disturbance of nest and/or theft of chicks
• The trade in ivory, tortoises, rhino horn and other protected species covered by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) including caviar, Traditional Chinese Medicines, and orchids)
• Non registration of certain birds and animals that require licensing through DEFRA/Animal Health if kept in captivity or sold
• Cruelty to wildlife
• Theft or disturbance of wild animals, plants or their habitat.
• Introduction of invasive species, such as the dumping of unwanted non-native species, plants or animals, into the environment.

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