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Palgrave Macmillan

Wildlife Trafficking

A Deconstruction of the Crime, the Victims, and the Offenders

ISBN 9781137269232
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Critical Criminological Perspectives

The global illegal wildlife trade is a burgeoning black market which is threatening the survival of numerous species. Wyatt's unique analysis provides new theoretical conceptualisations of the victims and offenders of wildlife trafficking, and furthers the discussion of these crimes through a distinctive green criminological perspective.

This book begins with essential background information into the scale and scope of the smuggling of animals and plants bringing to light the often unknown magnitude of this black market. Wyatt considers the threats posed to the environment, people and the economy and evaluates the reasons behind wildlife trafficking by exploring the demand for wildlife. Detailing the interdisciplinary stakeholders involved in fighting wildlife trafficking as well as the collaborative efforts that they are engaged in to end this black market, the book ends with a look to the future of the illegal wildlife trade and the chances of survival for those species targeted for human consumption.

Exploring how law enforcement, environmentalists, policy makers, and the public must find a common ground in regards to criminalisation and conservation in the diverse regions supplying the illegal wildlife trade, this book will appeal to scholars in the areas of Green Criminology, Environmental Sociology, Environmental Justice, Victimology and Organized Crime as well as conservationists and ecologists more broadly.

Tanya Wyatt is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, UK. Her research focuses on green crimes, such as wildlife trafficking and animal welfare, and these crimes' intersection with organised crime and terrorism. She is currently helping to organise the ESRC Green Criminology Research Seminar Series in the UK.

1. Introduction
2. Contemporary Patterns
3. Significance
4. Construction of Harm and Victimhood
5. Construction of Blame and Offending
6. The Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking
7. Transnational Collaborations
8. Reflecting on Wildlife Trafficking


"A superb analysis of how the scourge of their kidnapping and sale is suffered by so many species of wildlife in all regions of planet Earth. Comprehensive in scope and very well crafted in approach." - Piers Beirne, University of Southern Maine, USA
'Tanya Wyatt is one of the leading international analysts of a global trade that is of enormous significance yet was barely noted until quite recently. Illegal trading in wildlife has multiple damaging effects and Wyatt is an expert guide to the problems posed and the policing and policy responses.' - Nigel South, University of Essex, UK
"In this book Tanya Wyatt provides a clear and concise overview of the victims, offenders, impacts and responses to wildlife trafficking on a global scale. Beautifully written, it offers a comprehensive and wide ranging discussion underpinned by a moral stance that reinforces the importance of respect and responsibility on a shared planet. It is both an analysis and a call to action. Not to be missed." - Rob White, University of Tasmania, Australia
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