India, China not protecting tigers, say two watchdogs

first_imgNEW DELHI – Environmentalists accused India and China in a stinging indictment Wednesday of doing almost nothing to stem the rapid decline of tigers in the wild, saying the big cats will likely vanish completely within a few years without government intervention. Trade in poached Indian tigers is flourishing across the border in Chinese-controlled Tibet, where organized crime groups sell them for use in traditional medicines, ceremonial clothing and as souvenirs, according to two environmental agencies, which secretly photographed the trade. Photos shown at a news conference Wednesday showed dozens of tiger and leopard skins openly on sale, while in others, Chinese police officers laughed and posed with people wearing clothing made of tiger skins. The groups – the Wildlife Protection Society of India and the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nonprofit British-based group – accused the Indian and Chinese governments of failing to stop the trade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“In China, the police have decided to turn a blind eye to the slaughter of tigers in India,” despite tough laws against trading in endangered animals, said Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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