Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has given his support to World Animal Protection’s campaign to save one of the world’s leading police departments – the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU).
The NWCU is dedicated to supporting wildlife crime investigations, without them a huge number of cases would not be successfully investigated or prosecuted.
“In the UK our native wildlife is targeted for profit and entertainment, with animals being harmed and persecuted in devastating ways. Rare bird egg theft, illegal deer poaching, hare coursing and indiscriminate cruelty to wild animals are just some of the problems faced by wildlife crime police around the UK.
“Following the Spending Review the future of the unit is under threat. Ministers have confirmed a decision, either way, will be made by the end of January, meaning in only a matter of weeks the work of the NWCU could face complete collapse.
“Police forces up and down the UK rely on the specialist knowledge of the NWCU in order to tackle wildlife criminals. It is time for the UK Government to step up and save the National Wildlife Crime Unit.”
For more information visit www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/NWCU