Concepts, Implementation and Effectiveness
Edited by Michael Faure, Peter De Smedt and An Stas
Chapter 11: The Lusaka Agreement Task Force as a mechanism for enforcement against wildlife crime
It is quite difficult to state the true definition of wildlife crime. Generally, wildlife crime can be defined as any action inconsistent with current legislation which governs the protection of the flora and fauna. Therefore, a wildlife crime is an unauthorized act or omission that violates wildlife or environmental law, subject to criminal prosecution and criminal sanctions and may involve harm or killing of wildlife, the removal from the wild, possession, sale or the exploitation of wildlife incorporating any of the activities above. Related to wildlife crime, is illegal wildlife trafficking which involves taking, trading, exploiting or possessing the world’s wild flora and fauna in contravention of local, national and international laws. Generally, illegal wildlife trafficking falls under wildlife crime which the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) was established to control in Eastern and Southern Africa.
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