Khan, S. (2003, November 17). Bangladesh Cracks Down on Illegal Bird Trade. OneWorld. [Online]. Available: http://us.oneworld.net/article/view/72981/1/ [2003, November 17].
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As rampant illegal trading critically endangers over 80 species of local and migratory birds in Bangladesh, many of which are threatened worldwide, the government has launched a massive drive against poachers.
Alongside deploying police and paramilitary forces to intercept poaching, environmentalists and the government are launching an awareness campaign to urge local communities to combat illegal netting and trading of wild birds.
Last month, the government banned hunting and poaching of all birds, just before winter when about a million migratory birds begin arriving here from Europe, particularly Russia.
The densely populated country still boasts about 450 local species, and another 149 species of migratory birds. A number of them are abducted for consumption and sale at pet shops or smuggled to east Asian countries.
"It is very difficult to arrest the loss of wildlife habitat, because of the population boom. But we can certainly do something about poaching and...