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Traffic in flora and fauna

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 41

Boronia Halstead
ISBN 0 642 18508 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 1992


Endangered species of Australia's native fauna and flora face serious threats from illegal imports and exports. Halstead examines this significant law enforcement problem, discussing the nature of the marketplace; regulatory principles; the thriving wildlife trafficking industry; detection of illegal activities; record keeping; prosecutions and penalties; and corruption. She recommends the introduction of uniform state licensing systems and the registration of legal imports. She describes how DNA profiling can aid detection, and also discusses environmentally sustainable development alternatives.