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Women and Wildlife Trafficking
Participants, Perpetrators and Victims

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ISBN 9780367640262
March 31, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume examines women and wildlife trafficking via a bespoke collection of narratives, case studies and theoretical syntheses from diverse voices and disciplines.

Wildlife trafficking has been documented in over one hundred and twenty countries around the world. While species extinction and animal abuse are major problems, wildlife trafficking is also associated with corruption, national insecurity, spread of zoonotic disease, undercutting sustainable development investments and erosion of cultural resources among others. The role of women in wildlife trafficking has remained woefully under-addressed, with scientists and policymakers failing to consider the important causes and consequences of the gendered dimensions of wildlife trafficking. Although the roles of women in wildlife trafficking are mostly unknown, they are not unknowable. This volume helps fill this lacuna by examining the roles and experiences of women with case studies drawn from across the world, including Mexico, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, South Africa and Norway. Women can be wildlife trafficking preventors, perpetrators, and pawns; their roles in both facilitating wildlife trafficking are considered from both a supply and a demand viewpoint. The first half of the book assesses the state of science, offering four different perspectives on how women and wildlife trafficking can be studied or evaluated. The second half of the book profiles diverse case studies from around the world, offering context-specific insight about on-the-ground activities associated with women and wildlife trafficking.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of wildlife crime, conservation, gender studies, green criminology and environmental law. It will also be of interest to NGOs and policymakers working to improve efficacy of efforts targeting wildlife crime, the illegal wildlife trade, and conservation more broadly.

Table of Contents

1. Women and wildlife trafficking is mostly unknown, but not unknowable
Meredith L. Gore and Helen U. Agu

2. Using a Feminist Political Ecology Lens to Explore the Gendered Dimensions of Wildlife Trafficking Literature
Cydney Andrews and Helen U. Agu

Box 1 Voices from the field: offenders
Helen U. Agu and Meredith L. Gore

3. Women as agents of change in efforts to disrupt the illegal wildlife trade
Jessica Graham

4. Using a feminist and green social justice perspective to understanding wildlife trafficking in Mexico
Inés Arroyo-Quiroz, Ignacio Castro, Serena Eréndira Serrano Oswald

5. Health implications of women’s involvement in wildlife trafficking
Amelia Ngozi Odo

Box 2 Voices from the field: defenders
Helen U. Agu and Meredith L. Gore

6. Women, wildlife crime, and sustainable livelihoods in Cameroon
Eric D. Nana

7. Women in the Rhino Poaching Conflict: A Feminist Political Ecology Analysis
Francis Massé, Nicia Givá and Elizabeth Lunstrum

8. Perceptions of indigenous Baka women’s inclusion in wildlife conservation and exploitation
J. Christian Mey B., Helen U. Agu, Pobo Kenfack Serge Ricardo and Meredith L. Gore

Box 3 Voices from the field: influencers
Helen U. Agu and Meredith L. Gore

9. Women’s dynamic non-autonomy and choice in the shifting wildlife economies of Central African Republic protected areas
Carolyn A. Jost Robinson, Elizabeth S. Hall, and Melissa J. Remis

10. A gendered case file analysis of reptile trafficking and illegal keeping in Norway
Ragnhild A. Sollund

Box 4 Voices from the field: beneficiaries and persons harmed
Helen U. Agu and Meredith L. Gore

11. Conclusion: bridging knowledge-action boundaries
Helen U. Agu and Meredith L. Gore

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Helen U. Agu is a Lecturer in the Department of international & Comparative Law at the University of Nigeria.

Meredith L. Gore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland.