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Poacher admits using pesticide traps to kill leopards (August Week #2 (2013))
The highly toxic carbofuran is being used to kill leopards in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand, the same pesticide used to poach tigers in and around Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR).

The suspicions of the state forest department have been confirmed by confessions of a poacher who was arrested recently. A pesticide, carbofuran is used to control insects and bird population causing threat to agriculture fields. It is now banned in US,
Canada and European Union countries but sold over the counter in India under different brand names.


Industrialists, schools, queue up to adopt animals (August Week #2 (2013))
Supporting wildlife conservation, a number of industrialists, individuals and even schools have come forward in adopting animals like tiger, elephant and rhino at the Kolkata Zoo.

Even before the animal adoption programme was officially launched today, the zoo authorities said they have already received contributions of Rs 30 lakh. 

"Almost all animals have been adopted. For some animals like tiger and rhinoceros there is a queue as more people are willing to adopt them," said V K Yadav, acting director of Alipore Zoological Gardens.


MP Villagers declare mining will not be allowed in forests (August Week #2 (2013))
Residents from 11 villages gathered at Amilia village today to issue a declaration that they would not allow their forests to be converted into coal mines and demanded that they be given rights under the Forest Act.

NGO Greenpeace's senior campaigner PriyaPillai said a peaceful non-violent campaign was on for the last two years to ensure that allotment of the Mahaan coal block for mines would not mean ending the livelihood of 14,190 people.


Drones to keep eye on Panna tigers (August Week #2 (2013))
Forest officials at Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh will soon get eyes in the sky to track the movement of 20 odd tigers in the park area and to keep them off poachers. In a bid to strengthen tiger conservation in the national park, drones--unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAV) will be deployed for surveillance. A proposal to use drones in the park is learnt to have been cleared by the ministry of defence.

Thus, Panna would be the second national park in the country besides, Kaziranga to use drones for aerial surveillance.


Sand mining banned by green bench (August Week #2 (2013))
Illegal sand mining is in complete violation of the Environment Protection Act. Sand mining on floodplains of rivers leads to natural hazards. The issue of licences for sand mining is very strict, and illegal mining must be stamped out with an iron hand.
It is not a party issue, but a national issue... We will crackdown on illegal sand mining. If anything is found, will take action under the Environment Protection Act,” said minister of state for environment Jayanthi Natarajan.


Poacher Sansar Chand spared trial under organized crime law (Issue of the week, July Week #5 (2013))
Accused of killing over 200 tigers besides thousands of other wildlife species, Chand had opposed levying of charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act on technical grounds.

His counsel, Pramod Kumar Dubey, had said that a MCOCA case is not applicable against Sansar Chand as it was filed as a supplementary charge.

In 2010, the court had granted bail to Sansar Chand. Chand was arrested in June 2005 by Delhi Police from Paharganj area, after which CBI had taken him into custody.

During interrogation Chand had provided several clues to CBI and also pointed to the existence of an organized crime syndicate engaged in a large-scale operation across various wildlife sanctuaries in the country.

In 2005, the agency had chargesheeted him under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), a first against any wildlife criminal.


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