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Cyber Wildlife Trafficking

September 10, 2008

I saw a very interesting news on NDTV 24 x 7 Witness yesterday which was a real eye opener to the heights wildlife trafficking in India has reached. The so called smaller news are lost in the big headlines of yet another antic by Raj Thackeray or Mamata Banerjee pushing West Bengal back by some decades or Nature’s fury unleashed in Bihar. But the news given below shows the status and condition of wildlife in India.

In a major haul, the Commissioner Police on Monday seized 53 ivory antiques at College Square in Cuttack and arrested two traffickers in this connection. Acting on a tip off the Malgodown police arrested two persons Pramod Mohanty of Jagatsingpur and Kishore Nayak of Kendrapara districts allegedly accused of possessing the antiques in two bags. They had brought the articles out of the State to sell here. After interrogation, they will be forwarded to the court, police sources said. The articles were worth lakhs of rupees in Indian currency and would be worth crores in the international market, said DCP AN Sinha. However, he refused to reveal more details as it might affect investigations. An organised inter -State racket is suspected behind the crime and the police would take the help of the Forest Department for further investigations, said Commissioner BK Sarma.

But how many of us know that these poachers have taken the crime to the next level and are now doing their business online? They are now no longer the villagers killing animals and selling them. They are educated and technology friendly. This guy Jeevan, a pet store owner in real life, used to advertise freely his “pets” on social networking websites and buyers from all over the world used to fix their deal on email or chat rooms for any exotic bird. This criminal has been caught but obviously there are still people like him out there. There is supply when there is a demand. And when people are willing to give Rs. 1.5 Lakh for a wood owl to be used in voodoo, of course there will be sellers willing to earn money. I share the news clip here which exposes a case of cyber trafficking of wildlife in Meerut. The purpose of this post is to create awareness in the youth who are the largest Internet users and who can lend a huge helping hand in nabbing these e-poachers. An informative article on poaching of animals in India is available here.

[Photo credited to Newsweek]

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2008 4:37 pm

    sad…why don’t we kill humans instead? Well we that too…why kill just for the fun of it?

  2. September 11, 2008 12:11 am

    I happened to see the episode too! It was absolutely moving. We are paying a heavy price for our indulgences in money. Money is the means, but it will leave us with no end. The time will soon come.

  3. September 11, 2008 9:34 pm

    @Vishesh I guess there should be no killing for fun or money or out of one’s prejudices, of any species.

    @Kapil Money makes the world go round I much so that it has made humans heartless.

  4. September 16, 2008 1:12 am

    I am not surprısıng to anything. But thanks..

  5. September 19, 2008 8:51 pm

    We need to have policies in every country protecting wildlife and, of course, poor human beings.

  6. September 21, 2008 12:20 am

    @IDO Welcome.

    @Aamir Yes that is the need of the hour.

  7. September 22, 2008 11:02 pm

    Doing business online ! Thats the heights.

  8. September 22, 2008 11:44 pm

    @Radhesh Its really appalling!

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