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Wildlife Crimes & Environment

Whistleblower Rewards

Awards are now available for anyone who can provide information about a violation of a wildlife protection law.

There are currently four acts, the Lacey Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act, and the Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act, that include provisions granting awards to whistleblowers who report any violations.  

Strong internationally applicable U.S. laws, designed to fight crimes against wildlife and the environment, all include robust whistleblower reward provisions. This includes some of the most powerful laws protecting animals, fish, plants and endangered species from illegal harvesting, trafficking and importation into the United States.

These laws include the following:

However, the U.S. government has yet to institute a formal program ensuring that whistleblowers receive the protection they need. We do not advocate that whistleblowers go directly to the U.S. government with information about violations of these acts because they have not finalized a set of rules guaranteeing whistleblower's confidentiality under the rewards program. We do recommend that if you have information concerning violations of wildlife protection laws that you fill out a confidential consultation form so that all your legal rights may remain protected.

Your information about wildlife crimes may include violations of other laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits the bribery of all government officials as well as other action, which may occur in wildlife trafficking operations.

Click Here for documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the implementation of the wildlife whistleblower reward laws (as referenced in Stephen Kohn's Environmental Law Review Article, “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence.”)

Obtain Legal Assistance

Individuals who have information concerning violations of wildlife protection laws in ANY nation are strongly advised to seek legal representation to ensure their information is handled carefully.

All communications are deemed attorney client privileged to the fullest extent of U.S. law (NOTE: All requests must be sent in English). 

Click here to access the confidential consultation form.