Number of Wildlife Smuggling Incidents Detected in India

in Environmental Threats

The number of wildlife smuggling cases in India detected by the Wildlife Crimes Control Bureau has been steadily increase over 3 years.

In 2009-2010, the bureau identified 205 cases of wildlife being smuggled by traffickers into the black market. In 2010-2011, the number of smuggling incidents increased to 245, and rose again in 2011-2012 to 312.

Media in the country reported that over a thousand websites were involved in selling endangered animals online.

Source:  Akhila Vijayaraghavan, “The shady business of online wildlife trade,”, April 30, 2013.

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