IBN Live - By Prerna Varma Dated: April 15, 2007
Of the 12 lion deaths, six were allegedly killed by a gang of poachers from the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh to sell their skin, claws and skull in the international market.
Of the six leopard deaths, two each died in Eastern and
The Central government has now decided to send a ‘high power team’ from Environment and Forest Ministry to look into the matter. But how much will it help the situation—can be enumerated by the following report.
The CID team in
A government body framed to ensure tiger conservation plans to take “effective steps” to stop poaching. The Gujarat Lion Conservation Society has big plans on paper, which include installing CCTVs, global positioning systems, special mobile units and other hi-tech gadgets in the sanctuary.
It says it will monitor the movements of wildlife in the notified areas henceforth. The only problem is that there are no animals left in the sanctuary to be monitored anyways.
There is a huge gap between rhetoric and ground reality when it comes to wildlife protection in
The conviction rate and punishments remain abysmally low. Several cases reveal a close nexus between corrupt forest officials and poachers that works for the mutual benefit of both. Skin, claws and bones are sold in open market and yet, no concrete steps are taken to punish the guilty. Most of the poachers are either never convicted, or even if they are, setting free is not such a big deal for them.