384 tigers killed in India in last 10 years, reveals RTI

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau response says between 2008 and 2018 (till November), 961arrested for allegedly poaching tigersNOIDA A total of 384 tigers have beenkilledby poachers across the country in the last 10 years, which translates to over three a month, a reply under the Right to Information has revealed.

Between 2008 and 2018 (till November), 961persons have also been arrested for allegedly poaching tigers, it said. The information was given by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau or WCCB in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by Noidabased advocate Ranjan Tomar.

Tomar, also an RTI activist, had asked the WCCB the number of tigers killed by poachers in the last 10 years and the people arrested and convicted for the same.

“As per the data available in records of the Bureau based on the information received from the State Forest and Police authorities the total number of tigers killed by poachers in the last 10 years is 384 and 961number of poachers arrested in the tiger cases,” the reply stated.

However, the bureau said that no information was available with it regarding conviction of the accused in these cases.

“The data makes it clear that successive governments have not been able to check killing of tigers by poachers and therefore there is a need for a special initiative to conserve this wild species or make changes in current laws to make them more effective else,” Tomar said.

For conservation of the country’s national animal, the government had launched ‘Project Tiger’ in 1973. As per a 2014 assessment, India has the highest number of tigers in the world at 2,226, according to the website of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.