Wildlife Trafficking in a Globalized World: An Example of Motivations and Modus Operandi from a Norwegian Case Study

Professor Ragnhild Sollund has written a chapter in Problematic Wildlife (2015).

The chapter is called Wildlife Trafficking in a Globalized World: An Example of Motivations and Modus Operandi from a Norwegian Case Study.

"The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is one of the fastest expanding illegal trades worldwide and threatens a large number of species with extinction. Species in danger, for example, are pangolin, rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, lion, and several parrot and reptile species. The motivations for engaging in the trade vary: animals are prized as bush meat, for medicinal purposes, as pets, or as collector items. This chapter focuses on one offender’s engagement in the illegal wildlife trade as a collector of dead wildlife, whether stuffed or in the form of products, especially those made from ivory. His modus operandi is discussed as an example of what may be a general trend in these crimes; the importance of Internet auctions as a market place for illegal wildlife products. This is further discussed in relation to law enforcement and the prevention of IWT. The motivations for engaging in IWT as revealed through the case study—mainly to collect items and take part in Internet auctions—are discussed with the view to more effectively counteract, control, and prevent IWT."

Read more about the book here.

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