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Wildlife Crime: A Crime of Hegemonic Masculinity?

Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, 0130 Oslo, Norway
Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(6), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9060093
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 23 May 2020 / Accepted: 28 May 2020 / Published: 5 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Criminology)
Scholarship within green criminology focusing on crimes and harms against nonhuman animals has been increasing. Little attention, however, has been directed at the gendered aspects of these crimes. For example, why is it that the great majority of offenders involved in wildlife trade and the illegal killing of endangered predators are male? The aim of this article is to fill the gap in the literature, relying on confiscation reports from Norwegian Customs of nonhuman animals—most of whom are listed in CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora)—as well as an analysis of verdicts in cases in Norwegian courts of “theriocides” (animal murders) of large predators. This article will assess the number of men and women involved in these crimes and harms, and will present some trends of theriociders. This article will employ ecofeminist and masculinities theories to better understand the gendered dynamics involved in wildlife trafficking and the theriocides of large carnivores. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecofeminism; green criminology; hegemonic masculinity; hunting crimes; wildlife trafficking ecofeminism; green criminology; hegemonic masculinity; hunting crimes; wildlife trafficking
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Sollund, R. Wildlife Crime: A Crime of Hegemonic Masculinity? Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 93.

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