Green-collar crimes and the illegal wildlife trade in Europe
About this talk
Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is commonly identified as one of the drivers of global biodiversity loss, but as policy responses focus on law enforcement and organised crime, the role of legal entities can be overlooked. In this catwalk session, the Beastly Business project team will explore how the lens of green-collar crime can sharpen the focus of policy and enforcement initiatives by examining overlooked actors in IWT in Europe. We use the dynamics of illegal trade in brown bears, eels and songbirds as illustrative examples and consider three cross-cutting issues which shape the trade: consumption, uncertain scientific knowledge and legislative frameworks.