| Tiger Poaching
& Illegal Wildlife Trade Investigations
Interpol says the
trade in illegal wildlife products is worth some US$12
billion a year. India, as home to some of the most charismatic
animals on the planet, is now a major source market
for this trade. Most of the demand for wildlife products
comes from outside the country - unfortunately, it is
our wildlife heritage that is plundered to supply external
WPSI has established a large network
of undercover agents and informers to gather intelligence
on the growing illegal trade in endangered species.
Despite increased awareness and vigilance, WPSI’s
Wildlife Crime Database
shows a continuing increase in wildlife poaching and
Analysis of WPSI data reveals an alarming
scenario. Although some poaching incidents are one-off
events, many are part of large organised networks of
poachers, traders and smugglers - all controlled by
city-based businessmen who are seldom linked directly
to the illicit goods.
WPSI's informers and agents are active
particularly, the States of Uttaranchal and Uttar
Pradesh Central India, which is one of our most active
areas, in the States of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,
Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh Southern India in
Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Eastern India, mainly
in the Sundarbans area Various locations in the north-east.
Our senior field investigators
also maintain contact with personnel in lower courts,
which is where most wildlife offences are tried. They
liaise continuously with informers, forest officials
and the police.
This information network is a powerful
tool for us. We use the inputs provided by our field
staff to assist enforcement authorities to bring about
the seizure of wildlife products and the arrest and
prosecution of offenders. We work closely with the central
and State Governments, and various enforcement authorities
including State Forest Departments, State Police, the
CBI, Customs and Excise and Interpol.