Number of Wildlife Smuggling Incidents Detected in India

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,” Mongbay.com, April 30, 2013.