WILDLIFE EXPERTS FEAR SPURT IN POACHING CRIMES - 31st July 2013

Chinmayi Shalya, TNN Jul 31, 2013, 07.08PM IST
MUMBAI: The poaching of tigers and leopards in India seems to be growing by the year... There is a strong likelihood that the number of tigers lost to poaching is more than last year.

Experts said that while poaching is a widely known reality, the action taken to mitigate it is negligible. "The usual problems while dealing with the poaching threat are that the state governments are usually in denial mode about the fact that poachers are active in their state.
Secondly, there is a lack of an effective strategy and mechanism at the state level to deal with both local and itinerant poachers. There are also shortcomings at the state level such as disregarding advice, a weak linkage with the expertise available within the NTCA, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), and limited or no sharing / coordination among the states," said Kishore Rithe, member National Board of Wildlife.

Rithe said that active action to stop poaching has to be taken. Also, if caught, the conviction has to be speedy to set a precedent and warning to other poachers.

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