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Rural Crime

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It can be difficult to know what is or isn’t a wildlife crime and when it’s right to involve us. Wildlife and animal crime takes many forms from hare coursing, trade in endangered species, persecution of protected species to livestock worrying. Find out what is a crime and what you can do about it.

What is wildlife crime?
Wildlife crime is any activity that goes against legislation protecting the UK's wild animals and plants. It can cause pain and suffering to animals, push species closer to extinction and can be linked to other serious crimes like firearms offences and organised crime.

Wildlife law is complicated and it can be hard to know whether something is a crime and whether, or when, to involve the police.

What is a wildlife crime?
•poaching
•coursing
•persecution of badgers, birds and bats
•egg theft and collection
•collection of or trade in protected species and animal products
•not registering animals which require a licence
•taking protected plants
•use of poisons, snares or explosives to kill or injure animals
•animal cruelty
•hunting with dogs
•introducing invasive species
•killing or capturing, damaging or destroying the habitat of any protected animal

Report it

If you think a wildlife crime is being committed then contact us by reporting a crime online.
If a crime is happening or someone is in danger, call 999. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.
We’d rather you contacted us and we investigate, than not hear from you.
You can also report wildlife crime anonymously to Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111.

Regards PCSO Costas Karpi


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Costas Karpi (Police, PCSO, Lichfield)

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