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Angus Nurse and Tanya Wyatt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204346

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204346.001.0001

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Introduction: Wildlife and Criminology

Introduction: Wildlife and Criminology

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Wildlife and Criminology
(p.i) Wildlife Criminology

Angus Nurse

Tanya Wyatt

Policy Press

This chapter defines wildlife criminology as a criminology concerned not only with wildlife trafficking, but considers criminological perspectives on animals and wildlife within a broader context. The introduction provides a definition of wildlife as constituting animals living primarily outside human control or influence; thus distinguished from companion animals who are directly dependent on humans for food and shelter. However, wild non-human animals are affected by human activity in a variety of ways from trafficking in wildlife, through to destruction of habitat, and development that impacts directly on wildlife. Thus, this chapter explains that the book’s focus is on a wildlife criminology that considers a wide range of unlawful and deviant acts that impact on and harm wildlife. It introduces the four interconnected themes used to explore crimes and harms against wildlife - commodification and exploitation, violence, rights, and speciesism and othering.

Keywords:   Wildlife criminology, Wildlife crime, Speciesism, Violence, Commodification

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