Crimes Against Nature: Environmental Criminology and by Rob White

By Rob White

Crimes opposed to Nature presents a scientific account and research of the main issues of eco-friendly criminology, written via one of many prime experts within the box. The publication attracts upon the disciplines of environmental reports, environmental sociology and environmental administration in addition to criminology and socio-legal reports, and attracts upon quite a lot of examples of crimes opposed to the surroundings – starting from poisonous waste, logging, flora and fauna smuggling, bio-piracy, the use and shipping of ozone depleting elements via to unlawful logging and fishing, water toxins and animal abuse. The book is divided into 3 components: half 1 units out theoretical ways and views at the topic; half 2 explores the (national and foreign) dimensions of environmental crime and the reasons for it; half three offers with the variety of responses to environmental crime - environmental legislation enforcement, legislation, environmental crime prevention and the position of worldwide associations and activities.

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Species justice The third strand of green criminology is that represented by those who wish to include consideration of animal rights within the broad 20 Criminology and environmental harm perspective (Benton 1998, Beirne 2007). In specific terms, concepts such as speciesism may be invoked. This refers to the practice of discriminating against nonhuman animals because they are perceived as inferior to the human species in much the same way that sexism and racism involve prejudice and discrimination against women and people of different colour (Munro 2004).

The message and the medium The media consists of a range of specific forms, such as the press (newspapers and magazines), visual electronic (which includes not only free to air television, but pay-TV, videos and Internet sites) and radio (which also can include activity involving downloads off the Internet). The specific medium utilised to convey information also influences the content of the message being delivered. In other words, the content must always fit the format, and is therefore always secondary to the format (Ericson et al.

The focus of the welfarist approach is the humane treatment of animals (Ibrahim 2006). This model advocates for the protection of animals through increased welfare-based interventions but not the prohibition of animal exploitation. The model is focused on improvements to the treatment of animals but does not challenge the embedded exploitation of animals that is a consequence of their social and legal status (Ibrahim 2006). Implicit in this is that animals may still be exploited for their flesh, fur and skin provided that their suffering is not ‘unnecessary’, or as often put, the animals are treated humanely.

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