Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery

Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery

by Jennie Erin Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780307720269
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

JENNIE ERIN SMITH is a freelance science reporter and a frequent reviewer on
animals and natural history for the Times Literary Supplement. She is a recipient
of the Rona Jaffe Award for women writers, a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work
Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, two first-place awards from the American
Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, and the Waldo Proffitt Award for
environmental journalism.

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Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
rivkat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a book about terrible people. Their love literally kills: they are so obsessed with exotic reptiles, and selling exotic reptiles to people in developed countries, that they smuggle hundreds and thousands of the animals in ways that ensure that many will die, often horribly. As if that wasn¿t enough, they are also constantly cheating and stealing from their customers, their suppliers, and everyone else who gets in the way¿even each other. But the reptile obsession keeps them dealing with each other, amazingly. One of Smith¿s chief informants, who somehow she was charmed by, makes his rationale explicit: everyone is a cheat and a liar, he says, so he¿s just getting there first. I guess the book shows that terrible people love stuff too, but I already knew that. The book also illustrates that overworked governments aren¿t often concerned with animal smuggling, despite its nominal illegality, and that American zoos remained complicit in the smuggling long after their public positions changed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written book. Ms. Smith did an excellent job of giving the general public an inside look at the strange and fascinating world of exotic animal trafficking. I worked for various reptile importers over a ten year period, and I knew all the players in this game that the author interviewed. It is gratifying that someone finally laid to rest the wild exaggerations put forth by "experts" and federal agents. The illegal live animal trade is populated by fringe people who never made any real money, but had an obsession with adventure, travel, and conservation. They smuggled small amounts of animals because they loved them so much. Indirectly, they assured the survival of these animals, as they will disappear from their wild habitats shortly, not from illegal trade, but from encroaching humanity. The notion that this is a multi-billion dollar business was just laughable, but notion still persists. The legal traffic in skins and "pets" is the abomination, not the animals that occasionally arrive in collections from these people.
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