Wildlife Poaching

Shocking footage of pangolin poaching uncovered

Posted by Shashwat Raj on December 03, 2018

 
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Undercover investigation: Shocking footage of pangolin poaching uncovered

 

New Delhi/ Assam, December 3, 2018:  Alarming footage captured by World Animal Protection and WildCRU (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford) reveals the heart-breaking moment a pangolin is brutally killed for its body parts to be sold on the black market, in Assam, north-eastern India.

 

The footage was captured by an undercover researcher on their mobile phone, and shows a terrified pangolin hiding from hunters in a hollowed-out tree clinging for life, as its tail is tugged. The hunters use axes to cut the tree, but failing to remove the desperate animal, they light a fire to smoke it out. As the pangolin starts to suffocate and lose consciousness it makes a bolt for freedom but is captured, bagged and taken to a hut where the next stage of the ordeal takes place. The pangolin is repeatedly bludgeoned with a machete until it can barely move. While bleeding, it is then thrown into a cauldron of boiling water possibly still alive, where its tragic struggle comes to an end.

 

Pangolins are often referred to as the world’s most trafficked mammal and this footage demonstrates the huge cruelty the animals endure when hunted. The harrowing clip is part of a two-year study by researchers from World Animal Protection and the University of Oxford, into traditional hunting practices in the state of Assam, that borders Bhutan. Interviews conducted by researchers with over 140 local hunters found that pangolins were largely targeted for their scales that are sold for a premium, with hunters earning the equivalent of four months’ salary for a single pangolin. The hunters from these communities were clearly unaware of the part they are playing in the international trafficking trade. Yet the illegal traders that then sell the animal products across the borders on the black market go on to make a large profit.

 

Pangolin scales are used in traditional Asian medicine particularly in China and Vietnam. Pangolin scales are made of keratin, the same material that makes human fingernails and hair, and they have no proven medicinal value. Pangolin meat is also considered to be a delicacy in some countries, and the scales are also used as decorations for rituals and jewellery. They are considered to be at high risk of extinction primarily as a result of illegal[1] poaching.

 

 

Gajender K Sharma, India Country Director at World Animal Protection said:

“Suffocated with smoke, beaten and boiled alive –this is a terrifying ordeal and Pangolins clearly suffer immensely. This footage shines a spotlight on how truly shocking the practice of hunting pangolins truly is. Not only is this a major conservation issue – it’s a devastating animal welfare concern. The two species of Pangolins ‘Manis crassicaudata and Manis pentadacytla found in India have the highest protection with both being listed on Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. We urge the central and respective state governments to take strict measures to put an end to poaching of pangolins.”

 

Professor David Macdonald, WildCRU, Department of Zoology, Oxford University said “Increasing demand driven by traditional Asian medicine is making pangolins a lucrative catch.   It’s easy to see why they are being commercially exploited, as scales from just one pangolin can offer a life changing sum of money for people in these communities, but it’s in no way sustainable. Wild pangolin numbers are beginning to plummet.”

 

Reliable estimates of how many pangolins remain in the wild are lacking, although it is thought that over a million individual pangolins were taken from the wild between 2000, and 2013[2]. There are eight species of pangolin[3], all of which are considered threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species[4].

 

“Since 1975, both the Chinese and Indian pangolins have been included in Appendix II

of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, to which an annotation was added at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in 2000. This annotation established zero export quotas for wild caught Asian pangolins traded for commercial purposes. Despite these measures, both species of pangolins in India continue to be exploited for local consumptive uses and are frequently found in illegal trade, both domestic and international,” Gajender added further.

 

 

World Animal Protection works tirelessly to prevent cruelty to animals around the world. Although it is well documented that pangolins are being hunted and trafficked, until now, the immense suffering and cruelty that these animals endure when they are hunted has remained relatively overlooked.

 

To combat the global trade in their bodies and scales, and to protect pangolins from the unimaginable suffering they endure we are calling for: 

·       Strong enforcement of national and international laws

·       Removal of pangolins from the Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China – the traditional medicine handbook for the industry 

·       Investment in and promotion of herbal and synthetic alternatives  

·       Combined and coordinated efforts by governments, NGOs and the traditional Asian medicine community to eliminate consumer demand for pangolin-based traditional Asian medicines, particularly in China and Vietnam  

·       Support for alternative livelihoods, alleviation of poverty and education programmes within rural communities wherever pangolins are found globally, to stop the slaughter. 

 

 

 

 

ENDS 

Notes to the editor: 

·       For an interview with a spokesperson contact Shashwat Raj: shashwatraj@worldanimalprotection.org.in

·       All images should be credited as: © Neil D’Cruze

·      Watch the undercover videos of the pangolin being captured and processed and download the images here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j28ebudbln1fmru/AACJQTp2e41QsjIYGPpz2zHea?dl=0

·       Read the full report on the cruel exploitation of wild animals here. 

 

This research represents an on-going collaboration between researchers from World Animal Protection and WildCRU University of Oxford.

 

Additional info:

 

Tribes

·       Our study focussed on three of the predominant indigenous tribes of Assam State in Northeast India: (1) Biate; (2) Dimasa; and (3) Karbi. These tribes are characterised by unique traditions and cultures distinct from each other, and from other ethnic groups of the region.

·       Broadly speaking, subsistence agriculture or hunting and gathering are practiced by rural villagers belonging to all three groups.

 

Laws in India

·       Selling pangolins for commercial gain in India is illegal under Schedule I of the Wild Life (Protection)Act 1972. However, hunting pangolins outside of ‘Reserved Forests’ (i.e. protected areas) for personal use is not illegal for certain native tribal communities, such as the Biate, Dimasa and Karbitribal communities. This assumes (1) there is no contravening law made by the Regional Council on hunting; (2) the Council’s law prevails over the State’s law; and (3) the State Governor has not passed any law to restrict hunting. Nevertheless, the State Governor has the power to amend the laws of the Regional Council in any situation where conflict should occur.

 

 

 



[1] Hunting for commercial gain in India is illegal, although hunting pangolins outside of protected areas for personal use is not necessarily illegal for certain native tribal communities. In this study, many of the hunters were from tribal groups.

[3] the Chinese pangolin, Indian pangolin, Sunda pangolin and Philippine pangolin, which inhabit Asia, and the tree pangolin, long-tailed pangolin, giant pangolin and Temminck’s ground pangolin which occur in Africa.

Travel

Same Day Agra Tour by Car Tour Package

Posted by ankur on December 02, 2018

 
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Explore Agra city historical monuments with Taj Mahal Tour Guide They will help you to explore Agra city each monument. our Agra Tour Guide tour package comes in very less prize. you can book this tour package on our website.

nature/wildlife films

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Posted by Susan Sharma on December 01, 2018

 
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Travel

Golden Triangle Tour 6 Days by Perfect Agra Tours

Posted by Perfect Agra Tours on November 27, 2018

 
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Film Reviews- Wildlife, Nature and Environment

Top picks from Wildbytes TV

Posted by Susan Sharma on November 25, 2018

 
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Top Picks from our You Tube channel wildbytes TV

 

The Evening Primrose-Binsar, Uttarakhand

https://youtu.be/s5pcEtJiNOk

 

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Aravali Bio Diversity Park, Gurugram, A Sacred Grove

https://youtu.be/Y_-lafRzj-8

Events

Top 3 Destination Wedding Locations in India

Posted by manisha sharma on November 18, 2018

 
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Destination weddings have become popular lately amidst people who want a little extra edge in the wedding splendours. After all why be plain and monotonous when you could spice and spark up your big day! Here are the top 3 destination wedding locations currently most popular in India:

 

1.      Udaipur

The city of lakes certainly speaks for itself in bold with the numerous beautiful lakes, gardens and resorts lining up the city. From pre/ post wedding shoots to Mehndi/ Sangeet Night, Udaipur offers spectacular scenery and spots. You can opt for a shoot at the famous Chunda Palace where intricate carvings, paintings and interiors add a royal touch to the entire album. For nature lovers there are several green belts at the outskirts just waiting for you to rediscover them. Kumbhalgarh fort is another option to up the picturesque meter with ruins of old fort in background. Lake Pichhola and it’s jewel Jag Mandir are the coveted spots for holding the main wedding function. Several 4 and 5 star hotels lining the Lake Pichhola are booked in advance for weddings. Just recently, famous Bollywood actor Neel Nitin Mukesh chose Udaipur for his wedding. For more ideas and details contact Planners For You- the best wedding planner company in Udaipur.

2.      Jodhpur

Remember the times when paparazzi were busy covering Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nair’s wedding? Newspapers splashed with images from the wedding that looked like a fairy tale had come true! Well, the famous and hyped wedding of Elizabeth Hurley took place at none other than Ummaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur. The old world rustic charm that Jodhpur carries attracts thousands of tourists every year. Like Udaipur, Jodhpur too is an ancestral Royal Rajputana kingdom carrying the exquisite colours of the past proudly. If you have ever dreamt of a royal wedding where you get to be the prince or princess getting married with panache then Jodhpur is certainly the perfect choice. With luxurious 4 and 5 star hotels, Jodhpur let’s you bask in the glory and leave your guests in awe with superb arrangements, big fat feastand mesmerizing ambience. All you need is a perfect wedding planner like Planners For You to make your wedding day perfect at Jodhpur.

3.      Goa

 

Goa needs no introduction. The only city in India that offers the liberty of west, serene seashores with calming effects of its own and beauty of east- Goa has it all that you could ask for! If you are a beach lover who imagined an unconventional wedding by the beachside followed by a gala dinner and flickering candles enhancing the enchanting splendor of the backdrops then Goa is certainly the apt choice for you. White lilies embracing the scented candle-laden tables, cool breeze caressing, and sea waves entwined with melodious music, wedding at Goa can be anything but routinely boring! With numerous beaches and lovely resorts/ hotels offering eccentricity of their own, weddings in Goa can be the most unique event that majority of your guests could have ever attended. Fun, frolic and Quirky- make your weddings memorable for eternity at Goa. Wedding planners like Planners For You make sure that your D-day at Goa turns out to be as beautiful as you imagined. Hold no restraints, and call/ E-mail us for additional details. Let fun times rolling

Photography

Calendar 2019

Posted by Susan Sharma on November 02, 2018

 
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Hi friends,

We have been using digital calendars for long, but don't you miss the look and feel of a printed calendar hanging above your desktop?

 

For those who do,  IndianWildlifeClub is offering a wall calendar with twelve high resolution photographs selected from Garhwal Himalayas, Kashmir Himalayas and the Alps region of Switzerland.

 

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Place your order NOW!   Your order will help us to continue working for the cause of nature and wildlife conservation.  

Volunteering

Volunteers needed for Koyna Chandoli Rewilding Project

Posted by Susan Sharma on October 27, 2018

 
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WRCS(Wildlife Resarch and Conservation Society) is looking for volunteers for their rewilding project of the Koyna Chandoli Corridor for elephant movement (and other wildlife).

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Bird Sanctuaries

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Posted by Susan Sharma on October 26, 2018

 
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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is now known as Keoladeo National Park. The 29 square km park’s woods and man-made wetlands protect over 350 species of migratory and resident birds, including herons, cormorants and eagles.  It is also a World Heritage Site.

 

During the month of October, when this video was made, the resident birds are breeding. November onwards, the migratory birds start arriving.

 

As the park lies on the Central Asian Flyway of the Asia Pacific Global Migratory

Flyway, it is a staging / wintering ground for a large number of migratory waterfowls. The rare Siberian cranes used to winter in this park but this central population is now extinct. The last Siberian Crane was seen here in 2002.

 

The sanctuary was created 250 years ago and is named after a Keoladeo (Shiva) temple within its boundaries. The park was a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Bharatpur, a tradition dating back to 1850, and duck shoots were organised yearly in honour of the British viceroys.

 

Video  Susan Sharma

Music   Chris_Zabriskie_-_03_-_Theres_Probably_No_Time

 

Watch this film at 

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

 

https://youtu.be/wsarA-A6uFU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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