India has almost half of the world’s tiger population but now the species is running in danger because of on-going illicit skin trade.
According to the Guardian, The Environmental Investigation Agency and the Wildlife Protection Society of India have come out with a report that the Himalayan region is the biggest market for Indian tiger skins. The Pelts are being sold for £10,000 each in the market.
The criminal syndicates of both countries are actively involved in the skin trade. They buy it from India and send illegally to Nepal and Tibetan markets for sale. The demand in Chinese market is making it as a big business. For this reason Tigers in India are being swabbed.
In the year 1947 there were 40,000 tigers reported in India, now the cout has come down to mere 1,500. Tiger trade is completely banned in India as well as in China too. But the Chinese market in Lhasa display tiger skins openly.
The people there use it in festivals when they wear tiger skin called as chubas. Chinese people generally use ground tiger bones, whiskers and penises in traditional Chinese medicines.
According to the Guardian reports, the US has decided to take action against India and China and put trade sanctions in the coming year if they did not succeed to restrict the illegal trade. The only way to restrict the trade is to stop the export from India.
Almost 200 tigers are being killed per year in India. Sariska bird sanctuary in Rajasthan has not a single tiger now.
The cross-border tiger skin trade continues to grow. However, both India and China are signatories to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and are supposed to have specialized enforcement units.