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The Illegal Wildlife Trade

Inside the World of Poachers, Smugglers and Traders


  • Provides a global view of the illegal wildlife trade and its consequences

  • Presents unique insights into the actors and organization of networks involved in the illegal wildlife trade

  • Explores the social construction of the illegal wildlife trade and key points for detection and prevention


Part of the Studies of Organized Crime book series (SOOC, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 1-15
  3. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 17-32
  4. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 33-47
  5. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 49-74
  6. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 75-88
  7. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 89-116
  8. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 117-160
  9. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 161-196
  10. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 197-253
  11. Daan P. van Uhm
    Pages 255-278
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 279-328

About this book


In this book the author examines the illegal wildlife trade from multiple perspectives: the historical context, the impact on the environment, the scope of the problem internationally, the sociocultural demand for illegal products, the legal efforts to combat it, and several case studies from inside the trade. The illegal wildlife trade has become a global criminal enterprise, following in the footsteps of drugs and weapons. Beyond the environmental impact, financial profits from the illegal wildlife trade often fund organized crime groups and violent gangs that threaten public safety and security in myriad ways.

This innovative volume covers several key questions surrounding the wildlife trade: why is there a demand for illegal wildlife products, which actors are involved in the trade, how is the business organized, and what are the harmful consequences. The author performed ethnographic fieldwork in three key markets: Russia, Morocco, and China, and has constructed a detailed picture of how the wildlife trade operates in these areas.

Conversations with informants directly involved in the illegal business ensure unique insights into this lively black market. In the course of his journey the author follows the route of the illegal wildlife trade from poor poaching areas to rich business districts where corrupt officials, legally registered companies, wildlife farms and sophisticated criminal organizations all have a share. A fascinating look inside the world of poachers, smugglers and traders.


Green Criminology Wildlife Trafficking Organized Crime Poaching Criminal Networks Illegal Trade Environmental Crime

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Willem Pompe InstituteUtrecht University UtrechtThe Netherlands

About the authors

Dr. Daan P. van Uhm is Assistant Professor at the Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology at the Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He conducted research on various forms of environmental crime, such as transnational illegal wildlife trafficking, deforestation and timber trade in Southeast Asia and the illegal trade in dogs in Europe, and assisted in several lawsuits. During 2012-2015, Daan van Uhm worked as a PhD candidate at the Willem Pompe Institute and he obtained his PhD in criminology at Utrecht University in 2016. Van Uhm primarily focuses on research in the context of green crimes and harms.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Illegal Wildlife Trade
  • Book Subtitle Inside the World of Poachers, Smugglers and Traders
  • Authors Daan P. van Uhm
  • Series Title Studies of Organized Crime
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies Organized Crime
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-42128-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82505-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-42129-2
  • Series ISSN 1571-5493
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 33 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
    Environmental Law/Policy/Ecojustice
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