Amendment in wildlife protection act to curb poaching and killing of endangered animals.

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On one hand, our forest officials, wildlife conservationists, and wildlife activists are working day and night to protect wildlife at any cost and on the other hand poachers, hunters etc. are continuously murdering/killing Tigers, Elephants, Rhinos, Leopards and many more wild animals including birds for earning money. The newspapers and social media are full of the news of wildlife crimes showing all poaching cases of tigers, leopards, Rhinos, birds etc. Not only poachers but people from villages and urban areas are also killing and burning wildlife mainly leopards when it accidentally enters in human settlements.

Your attention is seriously needed in this recent case of elephant meat consumption in parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on may, 2017 that have raised many questions on wildlife protection of India for such a precious species. The mutilated carcass of a wild elephant was discovered at Ahutoli village in the eastern state's Nagaon district. It is surprised to see the whole 7-foot bloodied trunk hacked off and lying some distance away. And we can see the irony of wildlife protection act of India by this statement of local folklore in the Karbi Anglong Hills, where the incident occurred, said the "trunk is the tastiest part of the jumbo's body." Some members of the residing tribal communities here, including Karbi, Garo, Dimasa, Adivasis, are known to indulge in this wild meat. 

People are not afraid of any law and regulations only due to poor and minimum sentences under the present wildlife protection act of India. Poachers already know that they will get a lot of money by killing wild animals with a few years of Jail.

The present sentences for killing wildlife are not appropriate to lessen the wildlife crime. Either poachers get bail within a few days or they come outside of jail after completing their a few years jail sentence to start their same poaching business to earn money. There are a lot of cases where poachers come back to the same poaching without learning any lesson.  

There is no impact of present sentences under wildlife protection act on these killers and poachers. If no appropriate action will be taken to lessen the wildlife poaching activities then our future generation will only see our wildlife in books as we are seeing and reading about  Indian Cheetah. 

Therefore, this is a call of hour to take serious action on poachers and killers of wildlife by enhancing the sentences (not less than 20 years) for killing animals even in some cases lifetime sentences can be given to set some examples. We are very sure that this will play a great role in the anti-poaching mission of wildlife in India and our country will be praised by various countries and their wildlife organizations.

Thanking you with high regards. 

Dr. D.Dhyani

Society for Conserving Planet And Life [COPAL]

Image Source/Courtsey:

1. On May 1, the mutilated carcass of a wild elephant was discovered at Ahutoli village in the eastern state's Nagaon district.

2. Elephant Slaughter for meat in North-east India- Care2 News NetworkImage:

3. Indian forestry officials stand near the carcass of a rhinoceros that was killed and de-horned by poachers in the Kaziranga National Park

4.Leopard being burned alive in Uttarkhand, India,

5. Seized Wildlife trophies. Image courtesy -