The Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Wyatt, Tanya (2013) The Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade. The Journal of Social Criminology, August. pp. 130-158.

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Abstract

National security is a continuing topic of concern and part of that is the growing understanding of the connection to global crime. Often though only traditional national security issues, which are conceptualized around state sovereignty and military capability are addressed, and when exploring the criminal nexus only traditional or mainstream crimes, such as drug and weapons trafficking are analyzed. This article departs from this in two ways. First, it centers on the illegal wildlife trade, which consists of both animals and plants, and is an often overlooked green crime outside of mainstream criminological studies. Second, it argues that the illegal wildlife trade is not only a threat to national security, but also threatens other equally important non-traditional aspects of security. This article demonstrates that non-traditional security concerns and the marginalized crime of wildlife trafficking should be the focus of more research and government focus as it poses significant threats to environmental, human, economic, and national security.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article no longer available on Waterside Press website. Being printed through Amazon: http://crimsoc.org/2-uncategorised/101-crimsoc-green-criminology
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Tanya Wyatt
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2014 10:06
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2016 06:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16695

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