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Police raid on bird trapping operation © David Flint, Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit

Wildlife Offences

Wildlife crime poses a serious threat to the UK. It is not confined to the countryside alone, it also occurs in urban areas. Wildlife offences include:

  • Illegal trading in endangered species such as illegal trading in furs and reptile skins, ivory trade and the illegal importation of tortoises.
  • Crimes against endangered UK native species or species of conservation concern, such as disturbing bat roosts.
  • Cruelty or persecution of wildlife species such as badger baiting, shooting or poisoning of wildbirds.

Wildlife crime does not include incidents relating to domestic pets. These incidents are tackled under another legal framework.

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