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109 Leopard Skins seized in Nepal

8th April, 2003

The Nepal Police seized 109 leopard skins along with 14 unidentified skins (which we believe could be otter skins) from a bus in Swayambhu, Kathmandu, during a routine check. The skins were packed in 11 sacks and the bus was bound for Dhading. One person, Pasang Chimkel Lama, who was carrying the parcels, was arrested. Lama told the authorities that a Tibetan man had asked him to carry the sacks to the Tibetan border via Dhading and Chhekemar, and that he was paid Rs. 50,000 to carry the goods.

This seizure follows close on the heels of a number of other large leopard skin seizures in India. On 1 April, 14 leopard skins and a tiger skin were seized in Dharchula (Pithoragarh District) on the India-Nepal border, 20 leopard skins were seized in Siliguri on 11 February, and 12 leopard skins were seized in Lucknow on 5 January.

This makes a total of 155 leopard skins seized in the past three months.



 

 

 

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