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Farewell to a champion of India’s tigers & wildlife

Ashok Kumar has passed away at the age of 81. The first Director of TRAFFIC India, former Vice President of the Wildlife Protection Society of India as well as Founder and Emeritus of the Wildlife Trust of India, Ashok was a champion for India’s wildlife and environment

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The world has lowered its guard on the last wild tigers

Poaching for trade continues to be the primary threat to the survival of tigers in the wild. It’s a brutal trade targeting some of the world’s most iconic and majestic species, to churn out entirely expendable luxury goods such as tiger skin rugs and expensive wines made from tiger bone steeped in alcohol

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China’s tiger ‘industry’ remains clearly out of control

China’s experimental trade in the skins of captive-bred tigers has done nothing to relieve pressure on wild tigers – quite the opposite, it has perpetuated the desirability of tiger products and kept the poachers in business acquiring cheaper parts and derivatives from the wild

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Fake horn is no cure for the epidemic of rhino poaching

For the past three years or so, a handful of scientific entrepreneurs have increasingly championed a possible solution to the current appalling levels of rhino poaching. Specifically, several companies have been advocating the use of biotechnology to artificially create rhino horn and then ‘flood’ the market with it