In Latin it is where the etymological origin of the word furtive that now occupies us is found. Specifically, it derives from “furtivus”, which, in turn, emanates from the noun “fur, furtis”, which can be translated as “thief”.
It is an adjective that refers to what it is done secretly or to whom act in a hidden way.
For example: “The government captured a stealth fishing boat that was preying on the resources of our seas”, “The deputy would have had a furtive encounter with the businessman before the treatment of the bill”, “The actor and the model had a sneaky relationship for several months”.
Among the synonyms for furtive we can highlight some such as sneaky, surreptitious, clandestine or hidden. On the contrary, among its antonyms we come across terms such as discovered, uncovered, declared, manifest, public or even open.
The most frequent use of the term, however, is specifically associated with hunter who kills his dams without authorization or in places where the activity is prohibited. Poaching, therefore, is the illegal hunting.
A hunter can be considered poaching when he lacks a license, uses unauthorized weapons, operates in restricted areas or attacks species that are protected by the law. Poaching is a huge business that moves billions of dollars a year through the illegal trade in wild animals.
Poachers go back to the Middle Ages, when they hunted on land belonging to the Kings. At that time, it was common for only noblemen and landowners to have hunting permits: however, in order to obtain food, the poorest were often forced to become poachers.
With the weather, poaching became a criminal activity chosen by people who want to enrich themselves from the capture of certain animals of great value. Poachers often target elephants, to cite one case, to obtain ivory.
In addition to all the above, we must point out that the term in question has been used on numerous occasions to give a title to all kinds of cultural works. A good example of this is, for example, “Furtivos”, a work written by Rafael Mir Jordano.
Another example is the novel “El atlas furtivo”, which was published in 2007 by Alfred Bosch and is part of the historical genre. And it is that it counts as two cartographers of the Majorca of the fourteenth century receive a commission from the king: to elaborate the most faithful, complete and beautiful world map of the entire planet.
They will take on the task, but they will decide to take it twice. Thus, on the one hand, they will shape one that is as requested by the monarch and, on the other hand, a furtive and more fantastic one that includes legends narrated by sailors, the most unique corners of the world … A document this The last one to be stolen, bringing with it the initiation of different plots and intrigues in court.