Chapter 2 – Highly Targeted Species
Though a range of actors perpetrate wildlife trafficking offences, transational organised crime (TOC) groups are particullary attracted by the high profits and the low risk associted with this crime.
Many people perceive environmental crime as a victimless crime, perhaps due to outmode notions that are humankind has rightful dominance over the natural world and therefore any destruction of the natural world is also perfectly valid. Un reality, however, crimes against the environment victimises everyone. Evironmental crime endangers species, imperils biodiversity, threatens the livelihoods of health of people, and impacts natural security and economic development*.