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‘Pvt airlines aiding illegal wildlife trade’

 


HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 21, 2011


Two major private airlines have been found to be indulging in smuggling of endangered species in the northeastern region, wildlife investigators told environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday. A huge consignment of wildlife body parts, including that of tigers, was caught at Guwahati airport recently while on its way for a foreign destination through a passenger airlines. “Both cargo and passenger airlines are being used for the smuggling,” said a senior official of National Wildlife Crime Bureau. The source, however, refused to divulge the names of the airlines. 

Ramesh has now decided to ask civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi to cancel the licences of the airlines found to be allowing smuggling of endangered species, especially from the north-eastern part of the country. 



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