Sold into Extinction
The Global Trade in Endangered Species
by Jacqueline L. Schneider
March 2012, 252pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35939-2
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From sharks being exterminated for their fins, to endangered tigers hunted for their distinctive pelts and their body parts’ supposedly aphrodisiac powers, to the clearing of the Amazon forest, there are thousands of species at risk of extinction for reasons of monetary gain. Even worse: the illegal markets that sustain the killing, selling, and buying of these species operate largely unchecked.

This revealing and compelling title analyzes the illegal trade in endangered species from a criminological viewpoint and presents specific crime reduction techniques that could help save thousands of species from extinction.

The illegal trade in endangered species is a worldwide problem that involves not only animals but also plants, and it contributes to troubling factors such as organized crime as well as the further decline of the earth’s natural climate. This book explores the extensive endangered species illegal market, spotlighting the worldwide nature and extent of the problem, and presents revealing case studies of terrestrial, marine, plant, and avian species.

Sold into Extinction: The Global Trade in Endangered Species focuses attention on the plight of endangered wild flora and fauna as well as the specific illegal acts committed against them that have long and largely been ignored by criminology. The author provides a fresh look at the topic by presenting it within a crime reduction framework, an approach rarely taken by those with traditional criminological or conservation backgrounds, demonstrating how an innovative strategy to reduce illegal market activities can simultaneously further the conservation of these endangered species. International treaties, national and domestic laws, and international policing efforts pertaining to crimes involving endangered species are also examined.


  • Illustrations, maps, and charts elucidate crime theory, import/export data on seizures of endangered species and products, and range states
  • Photographs depict the grim reality of the global trade in endangered species
  • An extensive bibliography contains over 30 pages of source materials
Jacqueline L. Schneider, PhD, is the chair of and associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University, Normal, IL. She earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in public administration from The Ohio State University. She taught and conducted research in England where her work on stolen goods markets has been put forward as best practice and has attracted interest by policy makers in Chilé. In addition to her many other grants, Schneider was the first recipient of the Home Office's Innovative Research Challenge Grant (UK), and she received an outstanding teaching award in the United States. Her published works include several academic papers and chapters in books. Her main research areas include gangs, stolen goods markets, and the illegal trade in endangered flora and fauna.


Distinguished Book Award Winner, 2012—American Society of Criminology, November 1, 2012


"[C]ontains a great deal of background information about wildlife trafficking, the market reduction approach and situational crime prevention—making it an introductory read suitable for a broad audience. . . . As a reader who is well versed in the crime prevention and wildlife trafficking literature, I believe the book is well organized and gives a satisfactory overview."—Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, August 25, 2014
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