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Reflecting on the role of human-felid conflict and local use in big cat trade

Arias, Melissa; Coals, Peter; Ardiantiono, .; Elves‐Powell, Joshua; Rizzolo, Jessica Bell; Ghoddousi, Arash; Boron, Valeria; ... Dickman, Amy; + view all (2024) Reflecting on the role of human-felid conflict and local use in big cat trade. Conservation Science and Practice , 6 (1) , Article e13030. 10.1111/csp2.13030. Green open access

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Abstract

Illegal trade in big cat (Panthera spp.) body parts is a prominent topic in scientific and public discourses concerning wildlife conservation. While illegal trade is generally acknowledged as a threat to big cat species, we suggest that two enabling factors have, to date, been under-considered. To that end, we discuss the roles of human-felid conflict, and “local” use in illegal trade in big cat body parts. Drawing examples from across species and regions, we look at generalities, contextual subtleties, ambiguities, and definitional complexities. We caution against underestimating the extent of “local” use of big cats and highlight the potential of conflict killings to supply body parts.

Type: Article
Title: Reflecting on the role of human-felid conflict and local use in big cat trade
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/csp2.13030
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.13030
Language: English
Additional information: © 2024 The Authors. Conservation Science and Practice published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Society for Conservation Biology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: conflict, illegal trade, jaguar, leopard, lion, Panthera, snow leopard, tiger, wildlife crime
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10185577
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