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| Last Updated:: 22/08/2019

‘Globally, 2,000 tigers poached in last 19 years’




At the rate of 104 a year, 1,977 tigers were killed for their body parts between 2000 and 2018 across 32 countries and global territories. Another 382 were seized live. India topped the chart with 626 poaching cases.




This was revealed in a report released by TRAFFIC International in Cambridge, UK, on Tuesday. TRAFFIC is a leading NGO working globally on the trade of wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity and sustainable development.




India, which accounts for 2,967 tigers or 76% of the estimated global population of 3,951, tallies the highest with 626 (26.5%) poached in 463 seizure cases. Here, according to experts, there is no instance of live wildcats being seized. Thailand follows at No. 2 with 369 (15.6%) in 49 seizure cases. Indonesia is at No. 3 with 266 (11.3%) in 119 cases.




The deaths occurred from a total of 1,142 seizure incidents globally, with 95.1% (or 1,086 incidents) occurring in 13 Asian tiger-range countries (TRCs), accounting for a minimum of 2,241 seizures (dead as well as live). On average, 60 seizures were recorded annually, accounting for almost 124 tigers each year.




TRAFFIC’s report — ‘Skin And Bones Unresolved: An Analysis of Tiger Seizures from 2000-2018’ — by Ramacandra Wong & Kanitha Krishnasamy is quite alarming. It is an analysis of tiger seizures in 19 years in TRCs and includes all the four cycles of tiger estimation exercise that was conducted from 2006 to 2018 in India.




The current report is the fourth iteration of TRAFFIC’s analysis on the illegal trade in tigers. Previous analysis reviewed seizures from 2000-2010, 2000-2012 and 2000-2015 periods. This analysis involved largely TRCs. Information gathered from outside TRCs has also been included this time to provide a more comprehensive picture of the illegal trade in tigers.





Source: The Times of India, 22 August 2019, Chennai.