International Fund for Animal Welfare. (2007, December 4). Endangered Pelts Go Up In Smoke In Kashmir. [Online]. Available: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00207.htm [2008, May 15].
India; endangered; skins; trade; CITES; government; enforcement
Indian wildlife authorities today torched a huge pile of banned wildlife furs and skins in Kashmir as part of the government's effort to stop an illegal trade that threatens to wipe out many of India's most endangered species.
Ashok Kumar, trustee of the Wildlife Trust of India and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare; www.ifaw.org) partner, lit the pyre. "This is a hugely significant moment. Going up in flames was the largest single agglomeration of wildlife skins anywhere in the world."
Under the orders of the High Court, eight truckloads of stockpiled pelts were burned by state officials in a public display of destruction. Incinerated items included skins, rugs, fur coats and gloves made from dozens of tiger, snow leopard, leopard, hill fox, leopard cats, black bear, otters and wolves.
All species are protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the Jammu & Kashmir Wildlife Protection Act of 1978 and the Convention on International Trade...