From 9 December until 14 January 2014, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is holding a free exhibition in London’s City Hall that highlights the extent of wildlife crime in the capital for the first time.
The exhibition, Wildlife Crime in London, offers a rare chance to learn about the animals affected and the people who work tirelessly to protect wildlife across the capital.
Installations on the floor map of London at City Hall allow people to walk through the city’s boroughs, experiencing the spread, diversity and impact of wildlife crime across the Greater London area.
A series of stunning images on the photo wall next to the map area show the wide and surprising range of animals affected by wildlife crime and some of the people working tirelessly to protect them.
- Dates: Monday 9 December 2013 – Monday 14 January 2014
- Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 6pm, Friday: 8.30am to 5.30pm
- Admission: Free
- Address: City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, London, SE1 2AA.
- Nearest Tube: London Bridge
A bustling metropolis with more than eight million people, London is also home to a wide range of wildlife.
Urban areas host hedgehogs, bats and foxes. Our parks house deer and swans. The city’s waterways are sanctuary to seals and otters. Hundreds of species of birds flock over London’s skyline.
But not all of our capital’s residents live peacefully together.
The Metropolitan Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU), currently part sponsored by WSPA, hears daily of reports ranging from destruction of protected habitats to deliberate cruelty to animals. The Unit have seized over 30,000 endangered species items since 1995.
Wildlife crime now ranks among trafficking in drugs, arms and humans in terms of profits and the global illegal wildlife trade is worth an estimated US$19billion per year. More....