trade has pushed several species to the brink.
Tiger is one such precious animal hunted for its
skin, bones and other parts, besides trophies.
In fact, every part of the animal is used in one
way or the other. Its bones find their way into
traditional oriental medicine, though there is
no scientific evidence on their efficiency. Most
consumers of tiger parts are from South-East
Asia (China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan). In
India, tiger skins have a ready market and sell
for anything between Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000
fulfill the demand for tiger bones, even related
species are used as substitutes, and these
include the leopard, Snow Leopard and the Golden
Cat. The global demand for fur from India pushes
20 species into illegal trade, ranging from the
Snow Leopard and Cluded Leopard, to the desert
cat, jackal, and the wolf.
13, 2000, 11:47 AM
NEW DELHI (AFP English) - Police in the
northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have
seized 18,000 leopard claws and a large number
of animal skins, a newspaper reported Thursday.
seizures, made at a small town in Fatehpuri
district, included 70 leopard skins, four tiger
skins, 220 black buck skins and 132 tiger claws,
The Indian Express said. Four men were arrested.
suspect that the animals have been poisoned
because there are no knife marks on the
skins," a wildlife official, R.L. Singh,
was quoted as saying.
said 900 leopards would have to have been killed
to get 18,000 claws.
is believed to be home to some 5,000 leopards
and 3,000 tigers.