M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Research
The Sociological Analysis on the Culture of Poaching in the United States and Kenya: Through the Eyes of Anti-Poachers
One of the most common threats to wildlife is poaching. Poaching, an issue of illegal take brings in millions as these animals and plants are viewed as resources that can be traded. Many help to prevent the issue but there is a lack of knowledge of the cultural trends and sociological research on the issue. Through my research, I plan to get the voices of those who protect wildlife from poaching out. For my study, a total of 30 individuals from the anti-poaching field will be interviewed to represent the United States and Kenya. These individuals have held positions in the zoo field, conservation field, federal level, state level, as a hunter, or are dual citizen. The purpose of this qualitative study is to use in-depth interviews to develop an understanding of changes in poaching culture since the 1970s in both Kenya and the United States.
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