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In Arunachal Pradesh, a tiger skin is worth 5 kg of rice

Investigations have revealed that the need for a packet of salt and a small bag of rice can fuel the killing of a tiger in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China.

Locals say the lack of infrastructure in the state leads to scarcity of food, forcing poverty-hit tribals to target wildlife and sell illegal animal products.

“With little food to eat, villagers depend on tree barks to make ‘tussey’, an indigenous porridge,” said Tagru Tame of Pipsorang village in Kurung Kumey district. “Even money cannot buy anything in the region. So, the easiest option is to seek help from the Chinese, who look for animal products to fuel Asian markets.”

“Hundreds of endangered animals are killed in the thick jungles just to eke out a living,” said Noory Noshi of Limeking village located 50 km from the International Line of Control. “Poverty-stricken tribals sell the animal skin to Chinese traders. In exchange, they get about 5 kg of rice and a kilo of salt.”… Read More In Arunachal Pradesh, a tiger skin is worth 5 kg of rice

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Earlier this year, a leading Indian telecom services company Aircel launched it’s “Save our tigers” campaign which aimed at increasing awareness about the dwindling tiger population and increase youth participation in tiger conservation.

The number 1411 was thrown at us everywhere we went, from television commercials, newspaper adverts to billboards all over the country. What a lot of people failed to notice was the fine print which read, “1411 is the average estimate of India’s wild tigers, as per the monitoring exercise by Wildlife Institute of India in association with NTCA, Govt. of India in 2008.”… Read More 1411