Research Handbook on Transnational Crime
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Research Handbook on Transnational Crime

Edited by Valsamis Mitsilegas, Saskia Hufnagel and Anton Moiseienko

This Research Handbook on Transnational Crime is an interdisciplinary, up-to-date guide to this growing field, written by an international cohort of leading scholars and experts. It covers all the major areas of transnational crime, providing a well-rounded, detailed discussion of each topic, and includes chapters focusing on responses to transnational crime in specific regions.
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Chapter 12: Criminological perspectives on environmental crime

Rebecca WY Wong

Abstract

This chapter examines the general features of environmental crime before providing a specific overview of crimes against protected wildlife. Three distinctive features of the illegal wildlife trade are discussed: (1) opportunistic poachers; (2) stages of distribution; and (3) the role of corruption. This chapter argues that altering the consumers’ perceptions of the value and meaning of wildlife products is key to long-term enforcement against the illegal wildlife trade.

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