East fights poaching

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

CHIEF Adlife warqens and their representatives from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Orissa and West Bengal held the first coordination meeting in Calcutta in early June. The aim of the meeting was to pit resources of the eastern Indian states against the depletion of flora and fauna affected by poaching and trade in wildlife in respective states.

There is rampant smuggling of fresh-water turtles in Uttar Pradesh to Bangladesh, trade in ivory and trafficking in rhino horns and tiger products from Assam. The north Bengal corridor, which is proximal to Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, provides an ideal area for smugglers to operate and is easily accessible from these eastern states.

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