Policing wildlife: perspectives on criminality in wildlife crime

Nurse, Angus (2011) Policing wildlife: perspectives on criminality in wildlife crime. Papers from the British Criminology Conference, 11 . pp. 38-53. ISSN 1759 - 0043

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Abstract

This article presents green criminology research on wildlife law enforcement in the UK, an area of insecurity both about its place within criminal justice and about how it should be resourced and laws enforced. Wildlife crime predates the Government’s Big Society in being primarily driven by Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) who shape the public policy and police response to wildlife crime.
NGOs frequently argue for a strengthened wildlife enforcement regime with tougher sentences for wildlife offenders. Yet this article contests the perception of inadequate wildlife laws and the need for a more punitive regime, arguing that inherent enforcement problems undermine an otherwise adequate legislative regime. It offers a new typology of offenders, arguing that changes to legislation and a more punitive regime are inadequate solutions to address wildlife crime levels unless the existence of different types of offender and criminal behaviour are recognised and addressed in policy and enforcement practice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Green criminology; Neutralization techniques; Wildlife and environmental crime; NGOs
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 11066
Notes on copyright: Copyright is retained by the authors and the British Society of Criminology (BSC). The BSC has provided written confirmation that papers can be deposited in the institutional repositiory
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Depositing User: Angus Nurse
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 06:08
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 08:48
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11066

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