Monday, 30 November 2015

Leopard skin smuggling: Two persons convicted

A local court in Garur, Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand has convicted two persons in connection with the seizure of a leopard skin by police on June 2012. Both accused were sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine each.

Repeat offender in wildlife crime convicted again

A local court in Tharali, Chamoli district of Uttarakhand has found guilty in a person who was caught with one leopard skin on April 2013. Accused was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 10,000 fine. Earlier he was convicted on August this year by a court in Bageshwar district for his involvement in a seizure of two leopard skins in February 2013.

Monday, 23 November 2015

5 elephants killed in train accident, electrocution and poaching on last weekend

Carcass of a male elephant with tusks removed was found in Rairangpur forest division of Odisha on 21 November 2015.

A wild elephant chased by a group of villagers was run over by a train near Madarihat, Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on 22 November 2015.

Two female elephants died in Sonepur district of Odisha when some miscreants were passed electricity in solar fence on 22 November 2015.

In an another incident a male elephant was electrocuted when came into contact with an illegal electric fence erected around a farm in Sathyamangalam tiger reserve of Tamil Nadu on 21 November 2015.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Two years imprisonment for wild boar killer

Recently a local court in Bhainsdehi, Betul district of Madhya Pradesh had convicted a person for killing a wild boar in 2005 in the district. Convict was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment and Rs. 5,000 fine.

Villagers killed a sloth bear in Karnataka

In human-animal conflict case, villagers in Chitradurga district of Karnataka killed a sloth bear on 18 November 2015.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Two tigers found dead

In two separate incidents two tigers were found dead on 16 November 2015; one tigress at BRT Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and a tiger cub at Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Two leopard cubs killed in road accident

In two separate incidents two leopard cubs were killed in road accidents on 16 November 2015, one each at Mandya district, Karnataka and Nainital district, Uttarakhand.

300 turtles seized in Jharkhand

Officials of Railway Protection Force seized 300 turtles at Barharwa railway station in Jharkhand on 16 November 2015.

Friday, 13 November 2015

India and UK will work together to combat the illegal wildlife trade

A paragarah from joint statement issued by India and Britain on 12 November 2015:

The two Prime Ministers noted the importance of preserving the environment and sustaining diverse ecosystems, and recognised the rise of international criminal networks engaged in the illegal wildlife trade. They resolved to work together to combat the illegal wildlife trade and to improve protection for both captive and wild Asian elephants. India endorsed the London Declaration and Kasane Statement on Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Rs. 10,000 fine if board or signages on trees in Delhi

Villagers killed a tiger near Corbett tiger reserve

Villagers in Najibabad forest division of Uttar Pradesh adjoining to Corbett tiger reserve had killed a tiger on 11 November 2015.

Government not to include Red Sanders in Schedule-VI of WPA

Supreme Court had earlier directed the government to examine the proposal of placing Red sanders in schedule VI of Wildlife Protection Act, the task was entrusted to the Plants Committee, which recommended no need for this as the placement would disincentivise cultivation of red sanders by the people because for schedule VI species, a license would be required to cultivate.

The State Government of Andhra Pradesh vide their letter no. 4499/For.III/2009-3 dated 05.09.2012 requested the Government of India that Red Sanders need not be included in the Schedule VI of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, as about 10,000 ha. of land has Red Sander trees. Besides, the farmers were also growing the Red Sanders trees for their livelihood and inclusion in Schedule-VI would discourage the farmers thereby reducing the cultivation of more trees.

Considering the matter, Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife took note of the matter and concurred with the findings.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Member of international wildlife crime syndicate arrested from Delhi

Special Task Force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh forest department arrested an alleged member of international poaching syndicate from Delhi on 30 October 2015. Accused Jaiy Tamang, 42, a resident of Nepal, was arrested from Delhi's Majnu ka Tila area for trading in pangolins scales and tiger skins.