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Thy Fearful Cemetery

Death decor and catskin fashion in China spurs India's tiger genocide

Thy Fearful Cemetery
Thy Fearful Cemetery
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There's only one tiger census in India whose numbers are deadly certain. And increasing. These cold facts are born during wildlife seizures, when dead tigers are counted by their skins, skulls, bones, paws, claws and whiskers. It's a gory toll: over 700 tigers and 2,500 leopards in 1994-2004, as per Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) figures. Last year, over 33 tiger and 114 leopard skins and parts were recovered from wildlife criminals in India. This January, for the first time in Project Tiger's 30-year history, Rajasthan's Sariska has the shameful status of being India's only tiger reserve to lose all its tigers. Now a CBI investigation report (see box alongside) submitted to the prime minister confirms: "At least three organised poacher networks were killing Sariska's tigers and leopards since July 2002." Another overwhelming truth: seizures indicate just one-tenth of India's wildlife crime.

At a time when Project Tiger's online census data is de-activated, two hefty hauls in Delhi, on January 31 and April 6, reveal a new criminal demand for tiger and leopard...
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