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Poaching
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1. Hunting as a seigneurial right

Poaching is unauthorized hunting of wild animals and appropriation of certain animal objects (such as shed antlers) or dead animals. The appropriation of dead animals or parts of animals is occasionally labeled Jagdfrevel (poaching, literally “offense against the laws of hunting”). The crime of poaching (Criminality 6.5.) arose in parallel with the establishment of the notion of a personally restricted authorization for hunting. The beginning…

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Ludwig, Ulrike, “Poaching”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030376>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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