Wildlife crime officer wins international accolade

It was announced at the 15th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties in Doha, Qatar, last week, that National Wildlife Crime Unit investigator Andy McWilliam (formerly Wildlife Crime Officer with Merseyside Police) has won the Clark R. Bavin Award. For several years, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), a non-governmental organisation based in the United States, has presented awards to persons who have engaged in one or more exemplary law enforcement actions to protect species of wildlife listed in the Appendices of the Convention. The issuance of these awards has been undertaken in cooperation with the Species Survival Network, an international coalition of over eighty non-governmental organisations, including AWI. The awards, named after a former chief of the law enforcement division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have traditionally been presented by the Secretary-General of CITES during meetings of the Conference of the Parties.

Apart from his CITES work, Andy has worked tirelessly over the years to bring to justice people who have persecuted and abused birds and animals in the UK and this award is very richly deserved. Congratulations to Andy!

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    saynototories said,

    Very well deserved award.

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