The Daily Mail UK/India released a startling report on international tiger poaching syndicates.
Poaching fueled by a thriving trade of the animal body parts as well as loss of natural habitat and traditional prey had triggered a troubling slump in the tiger population from an estimated 40,000 at the turn of the last century.
India was able to pull back the numbers with the success of a government-run conservation plan.
As per statistics provided by the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), estimated tiger deaths from “poaching and seizure of body parts”, recorded from January 1 to August 3, 2016, stood at 31.
The figure for the entire year of 2015 was 26, and for 2014, it was 23.
“This is purely economics of the tiger trade,” a senior official of a wildlife law enforcement agency, who did not wish to be named, told Mail.
Syndicates operating from China, Nepal & Myanmar are responsible for 31 big cat deaths in the country.