PIONEER NEWS SERVICE | NEW DELHI
At a time when poaching and illegal trade of wildlife articles have assumed alarming proportions, the Ministry of Environment and Forests has conceded that South Asian nations are not resourced adequately to deal with the problem.
There are a number of South Asian organisations to check wildlife trade. These include the South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP), South Asia Wildlife Trade Initiative (SAWTI) and SAARC Convention on Cooperation on Environment to check the illegal trade of wildlife articles. Yet, the trade goes on unabated with India being a lucrative market worth 20 billion USD, a report of the MoEF states.
Referring to extremely gruesome techniques of poaching, the report said, The more egregious methods include skinning or dehorning live animals and transportation of live creatures in inhuman conditions.
Intense poaching has resulted in disappearance of tigers from many parks throughout Asia. Nowhere has the impact been greater than in India and Nepal which remain the bastions of tiger conservation,
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