Amritsar: A team of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) on Thursday confiscated skins of one tiger and a leopard by conducting a raid in Ranjit Avenue. SPCA had received input that a man sitting in one of the parks in Ranjit Avenue was possessing skins of tiger and leopard following which the team raided the area. The accused, after seeing the SPCA team, fled from the spot, leaving skins behind.
Animal skins are in possession of the SPCA. Inspector Ashok Joshi said that nothing could be said about from where the skins came. “It is a matter of investigation. We need to check whether these skins were smuggled from across the border or elsewhere,” added Joshi. He said that these skins would be submitted to the Forest Department on Friday. It is worth mentioning that SPCA had arrested a person for having a peacock and pigeons from Pakistan last month.
According to an estimate, millions of animals are smuggled each year across international borders. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) feels that the smuggling of tiger and leopard pelts is ‘spiralling out of control.’ Interestingly, economic boom in China is said to be behind the spurt in trade in big cats killed in India and smuggled via Nepal and Tibet. “Indeed, only around 4,000 tigers are left in the wild,” said the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a joint press release recently. “Until the illegal trade in wildlife is stopped, we are only likely to see more of these types of situations,” the two UN agencies had stated.
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