(ANIMAL SMUGGLING) LONDON — Unexpected money fell into the hands of Metropolitan Police in London from a charity known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals. WSPA has decided to donate a large sum of money to the squad within the police department that is responsible for catching the hardened criminals who profit from the illegal smuggling of wild animals. The money will be used to beef up the number of investigators and  provide more funding for the group. Since criminals involved in this mistreatment of wildlife make a giant profit, the importance of shutting down current and future operations is valuable for both animal activists and detectives involved in putting an end to crime. Read the full article below to see how the partnership is unfolding. — Global Animal 
A tiger cub attempted to be hidden in a suitcase illegally. Photo Credit: Anonymous/Associated Press

The Guardian

A specialist police unit that fights wildlife crime is joining forces with an animal charity.

The Metropolitan police’s wildlife crime unit is teaming up with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), which warned animal trafficking is a “major source of revenue” for criminals.

It is the first time a charity has directly funded a Met police unit and it is hoped it will lead to more staff being recruited and trained in how to tackle wildlife crime.

WSPA’s UK head of external affairs, Simon Pope, said: “Without the specialist skills and knowledge of the WCU, wildlife crime in London could flourish.

“This is not some niche, illicit trade carried out by petty part-time villains. It is a major source of revenue for a global network of hardened criminals, gangs and drug lords, all growing rich from the trafficking of wildlife and none about to have a crisis of conscience and stop what they are doing.”

Sergeant Ian Knox, head of the WCU, added: “I am delighted that the World Society for the Protection of Animals has decided to contribute a significant amount of money to the wildlife crime unit.

“The extra funding will pay for more staff so we can be more proactive in targeting criminals who seek to exploit animals for financial gain.

“We will also be able to provide additional support and training to wildlife crime officers across London which will ensure that the Met has the capability to tackle crimes against animals in the future.”

More The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/30/wildlife-charity-police-animal-trafficking

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