Studies of Organized Crime

The Illegal Wildlife Trade

Inside the World of Poachers, Smugglers and Traders

Authors: van Uhm, Daan P.

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  • Provides a global view of the illegal wildlife trade and its consequences
  • Presents unique insights into the actors and organization of networks involved in the illegal wildlife trade
  • Explores the social construction of the illegal wildlife trade and key points for detection and prevention
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In this book the author examines the illegal wildlife trade from multiple perspectives: the historical context, the impact on the environment, the scope of the problem internationally, the sociocultural demand for illegal products, the legal efforts to combat it, and several case studies from inside the trade. The illegal wildlife trade has become a global criminal enterprise, following in the footsteps of drugs and weapons. Beyond the environmental impact, financial profits from the illegal wildlife trade often fund organized crime groups and violent gangs that threaten public safety and security in myriad ways.

This innovative volume covers several key questions surrounding the wildlife trade: why is there a demand for illegal wildlife products, which actors are involved in the trade, how is the business organized, and what are the harmful consequences. The author performed ethnographic fieldwork in three key markets: Russia, Morocco, and China, and has constructed a detailed picture of how the wildlife trade operates in these areas. 

Conversations with informants directly involved in the illegal business ensure unique insights into this lively black market. In the course of his journey the author follows the route of the illegal wildlife trade from poor poaching areas to rich business districts where corrupt officials, legally registered companies, wildlife farms and sophisticated criminal organizations all have a share. A fascinating look inside the world of poachers, smugglers and traders.

About the authors

Dr. Daan P. van Uhm is Assistant Professor at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at the Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He conducted research on various forms of environmental crime, such as transnational illegal wildlife trafficking, deforestation and timber trade in Southeast Asia and the illegal trade in dogs in Europe, and assisted in several lawsuits. During 2012-2015, Daan van Uhm worked as a PhD candidate at the Willem Pompe Institute and he obtained his PhD in criminology at Utrecht University in 2016. Van Uhm primarily focuses on research in the context of green crimes and harms.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Illegal Wildlife Trade
Book Subtitle
Inside the World of Poachers, Smugglers and Traders
Authors
Series Title
Studies of Organized Crime
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42129-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42129-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42128-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82505-2
Series ISSN
1571-5493
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 328
Number of Illustrations
33 b/w illustrations
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