Wildlife Forensics - Swindon (UK) 28 March, 2014
Wildlife, Zoo and Exotic Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Law.
This module will introduce delegates to Wildlife, Zoo and Exotic spp. crime issues. Wildlife crime in the UK involves the illegal trade of endangered animal species and plants, persecution of wild species (wild bird and egg theft, badger baiting, illegal hunting, etc. etc.) and welfare issues relating to the keeping of these species in captivity. Wildlife Crime not only threatens protected species in this country and globally, but also adds to the destruction of habitats.
The Main Legislation to be considered will be
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996
Hunting Act 2004
Animals Act 1971
Animal Welfare Act 2006, as it relates to wildlife, zoo and exotic species
Zoo Licensing Act 1981
Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976
Wildlife Crime as a trade, is often linked to major international organised crime, including narcotics, precious metals and slavery. It is difficult to put a figure on the money made from illegal wildlife trading, but the potential profits are vast. The international trade in endangered species is estimated to be worth up to £6bn, according to police figures. In the UK it is estimated to be worth up to £64m.
This subject will be introduced by considering relevant legislation, using case examples and discussion.
Key learning objectives
At the end of this module, delegates should:
Have a working understanding of wildlife legislation and the commoner infringements
Be able to approach a relevant legal forensic wildlife scenario
Be familiar with resources for wildlife species identification
Be able to consider welfare aspects pertaining to wildlife in captivity
The module will be delivered by:
Neil Forbes, BVetMed Dip ECZM(avian) FRCVS
RCVS Recognised Specialist Zoo and Wildlife (avian)
EU Recognised Specialist Zoological Medicine (avian)