Washington, D.C. January 4, 2016. The Environmental Law Reporter published an article that explains how the monetary rewards provisions for whistleblowers in both the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act can have a massive impact on the detection and deterrence of wildlife crimes. The article, “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence,” published on January 1, 2016 was written by Stephen M. Kohn, a founder of the National Whistleblower Center.
In the article, Kohn calls on Congress to step in to ensure the responsible federal agencies implement these provisions that were passed into law over thirty years ago. Kohn also explains the history of the wildlife whistleblower reward provisions and discusses the current process for monetary whistleblower rewards administered by the SEC and IRS.
In late 2015, the National Whistleblower Center launched a major international campaign to promote protections and rewards for wildlife whistleblowers. When effectively implemented, these provisions will incentivize whistleblowers to report violations concerning ocean pollution, wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, illegal fishing and violations of the Endangered Species Act, among others.
The Wildlife Whistleblower Campaign will be a major focus for the NWC in 2016.
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Important information for wildlife whistleblowers: www.globalwhistleblower.org