The illegal rhino horn trade has a new nemesis.
A new wiki-leaks style website, Wildleaks, has launched with the aim of reducing animal trafficking and the trading of animal parts.
The online platform hopes to be a game changer and force for the protection of endangered rhinos, as “the first, secure, online whistleblower platform dedicated to Wildlife and Forest Crime.”
The issue of the illegal slaughter and trading extends beyond Africa and rhino poaching – the demand for exotic animal parts is rampant across the world.
The whistleblowing website, Wildleaks, working in partnership with the Elephant Action League, employs directors of environmental investigation NGOs, environmental lawyers, accredited journalists, security professionals and ex-law enforcement officers to share crucial information that can lead to action against crimes like rhino poaching.
“Our first priority is to facilitate the identification, arrest and prosecution of criminals, traffickers, businessmen and corrupt governmental officials behind the poaching of endangered species and the trafficking of wildlife and forest products such as ivory, rhino horn, big cats, apes, pangolins, birds and illegal timber,” the site explains.
Wildleaks uses Tor technology, to ensure that those who provide tips-offs about poaching or animal part trafficking can remain anonymous. There are currently two options available for tip-offs: confidential and anonymous.
Wildleaks marks an exciting development in the fight against rhino poaching. There are high-hopes that the presence of a collaborative information-sharing platform that allows for anonymous tip-offs can lead to significant positive action. The site will also be a great resource for members of the global community that want up-to-date rhino news and facts.
Wildleaks is in it’s infancy, but it has already led to a number of key tip-offs that have yielded positive action against animal poaching and illegal trade of rhino horn and other animal parts.
Some of these include:
- elephant poaching in Africa and illicit ivory trading in Hong Kong;
- importing of illegal African wildlife products into the US;
- killing of Sumatran tigers, of which there are just 400 left in the wild;
- illegal lion and leopard hunting in South Africa;
- chimpanzee trafficking in Liberia;
- illegal fishing activities in Alaska, including alleged mafia involvement;
We still have great leaps to make to stop rhino poaching and the illegal rhino horn trade but thankfully there are great organisations and initiatives, like Wildleaks working hard to support and protect endangered rhinos and other animals at risk.
We, the Locked Horn Project, believe that one of our greatest tools to stop rhino poaching is education. Educating yourself with the issue at hand is a great way to support the cause. We update the Locked Horn Project website weekly with up-to-date rhino poaching news and rhino facts.