A new interactive exhibition at London's City Hall, until January 2014, reveals the full and shocking extent of wildlife crime in the capital.
Wildlife crime – the trade in the pelts, horns and other parts of endangered wild animals – may seem like a problem that centres on countries beyond UK shores, but in London alone the Metropolitan Police has seized more than 30,000 endangered species since 1995.
In 2008 the Met seized thousands of pounds worth of raw ivory products, some manufactured in the UK, including 24 whole elephant tusks. In 2011 the world’s largest seizure of rhino horn (including 129 individual horns) took place in Kensington as part of a co-ordinated operation to combat wildlife crime in the capital.
Now Londoners have the chance to see the extent of this sickening trade right on the their doorsteps as the World Society for the Protection of Animals unveils a new hard-hitting exhibition at City Hall.
The one-off display features an interactive floor map allowing people to walk through the capital and experience the spread, diversity, and impact of wildlife crime across the Greater London area.
A series of stunning images also reveal the wide and surprising range of animals affected by wildlife crime and the people working to protect them.
The trade in endangered animals is worth an estimated 19 billion dollars each year.
- City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London. Open 8.30am-6pm (5.30pm Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday). Admission free.
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