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India: Forest officials crack Indo-China pangolin smuggling racket
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh forest officials, this week arrested a Kolkata-based businessman, who is part of a global racket involved in smuggling Indian pangolins to China and Vietnam, where its blood, meat and scales are sold to traditional medical practitioners at a premium.
This ant-eating mammal with armour of keratin scales has been listed under Schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an endangered species. Experts said, "If poaching continues, the pangolin could go extinct."
The accused (name kept confidential pending investigation) masterminded the killing of hundreds of pangolins and smuggled them to south Asian countries from Madhya Pradesh and other parts of country, said an officer.
Nine of his local conduits were arrested in state's Chhindwara district in September 2014. At least 47 kg pangolin scales known as 'chuan shan jia' in Chinese were seized. The businessman was arrested by special task force (STF) of state forest department in Kolkata and is being interrogated by Balaghat unit of STF.
Speaking to TOI, state chief wildlife warden Narendra Kumar, said, "Arrested businessman is a key link between local poachers and south Asian smugglers. We want to get to the bottom of the international ring. They are brutal gangsters, who dip pangolins in boiling water to extract scales."
Officer said there are four layers in the global network and the Kolkata businessman is part of the second one. Passport and other documents reveal frequent visits to China. Officials claim there are two smuggling routes to China-Nepal through north Bengal, Manipur and Myanmar.
Ful story at timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/MP-forest-officials-crack-Indo-China-Pangolin-smuggling-r...
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9 hours ago ·
India: Nine suspected rhino poachers caught, inc a police inspector
Continuing with its crackdown on rhino poachers, Gohpur police under Biswanath police district achieved a major success today (May 1) when they managed to apprehend as many as nine rhino poachers, including an Arunachal Police inspector, at Gohpur and Bandardewa.
Acting on a tip-off, police detained a few persons along with a Maruti vehicle in Gohpur town in the wee hours today. Later, the police managed to arrest some more persons at Bandardewa on the basis of information provided by those held at Gohpur.
The arrested persons have been identified as Abdul Rashid, Abdul Kalam, Hanif Ali and Babul Hussein from Jamugurihat, Dilip Buragohain from Dhemaji, Gautam Dutta from Jadavpur, Kolkata and Kamto Tao, Charu Kora and Charu Topio from Arunachal Pradesh. Interestingly, Gautam Dutta is an inspector working with Arunachal Police (SB).
The police also recovered a rhino horn, a Scorpio vehicle, a Maruti car and a bike from their possession. Further investigation is on.
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1 day ago ·
PETITION: Stop Sainsbury's from destroying the entire Antarctic marine ecosystem
Sainsbury's is supporting the plunder of the Antarctic and one of the last unspoiled oceans on the planet.
One of our largest supermarkets is selling Antarctic krill oil as a health supplement. Krill are vacuumed in vast quantities from the Antarctic Ocean and pumped into pills. By doing this, Sainsbury's is putting the entire Antarctic ecosystem at risk, but we can stop it.
Krill may be tiny crustaceans (they look a lot like miniature shrimp), but they are at the bottom of the food chain, and the source of food for hundreds of marine creatures in the Antarctic. A new SumOfUs report shows that krill numbers are crashing, and this is endangering the survival of hundreds of marine creatures like whales, penguins, and seals.
Krill-fishing companies will only stop is if there's no market for Antarctic wildlife on our shelves. That's why we're targeting Sainsbury's -- if we can get this major retailer to refuse to sell krill-killing supplements, we can stop fishing companies from destroying the Antarctic.
Sign the petition at action.sumofus.org/a/sainsburys-krill/?sub=homepage
#fishing #krill #Antarctic
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4 days ago ·