collaborate with state governments to monitor the illegal wildlife
trade and provide them with hands-on training and support to combat
poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.
We conduct Wildlife Law
for enforcement agencies. More than 8,000 forest, police and customs
officers have received training in more than 200 workshops which have
been held in 17 states across India. We have also given specialist
to the National Police Academy, the Indian Institute of Criminology,
the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Indo-Tibetan Border
Police (ITBP), Customs and Excise, the Wildlife Institute of India,
tiger reserve authorities, and enforcement training centres.
Our Wildlife Crime
is the most comprehensive in India, with details of over 20,000
wildlife cases and 16,000 alleged wildlife criminals. It is constantly
analysed and updated with inputs from a number of sources including our
country network of investigators. The information plays a critical role
in the development of new strategies to protect Indian wildlife.
pioneered investigations into the trade in tiger parts and other
endangered species valued in the illegal wildlife trade, and exposed
widespread tiger poaching and its links to the use of tiger parts in
traditional Chinese medicine. The death of a wild tiger no longer goes
ignored and people now know how and why tigers are killed.
We were the first organisation to expose the workings of the shahtoosh
trade and its links with the trade in tiger parts. We uncovered this
trade in the mid-1990s, while investigating the smuggling of tiger
bones, and produced a path-breaking report on the subject in 1997 - “Fashioned for Extinction: An
Expose of the Shahtoosh Trade”
years, we have assisted in the arrests of hundreds of wildlife
criminals and the seizures of huge amounts of illegal wildlife
products, particularly tiger parts. In 2011 we provided information and
assistance to enforcement agencies to register 39 wildlife cases, in
which a total of 97 alleged wildlife criminals were arrested.
Our Legal Programme
supports the prosecution of a number of important wildlife cases. These
include poaching and trade cases that involve
tiger and other endangered species. We also file petitions on important
wildlife conservation issues, including encroachments in protected
areas. On the policy front, WPSI provides inputs to the central and
state governments for the development of better policies governing
forests and wildlife.
We support Conservation
for species as varied as the tiger, elephant and sea turtle in the
States of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Utarakhand and West
Bengal and work with other critical issues such as human-animal
conflict involving tigers, leopard and elephants.
Support projects include a program on the fringes of Sundarbans Tiger
Reserve, where we have a tiger conservation centre, 51 self-help groups
with a micro credit scheme and a kindergarten school. Here and in other
areas we also work on the critical issue of human-animal conflict.
constantly liaise with policy makers and international conservation
agencies, particularly on issues concerning poaching and the illegal
wildlife trade. WPSI has also been in the forefront of media campaigns
to highlight the importance of wildlife protection.
In 2005 and 2006, WPSI and the UK- based Environmental Protection
Agency (EIA) carried out a joint investigation into the tiger and
leopard skin trade in the Tibet Autonomous Region and other provinces
in China. Our findings revealed a hitherto unknown scale of trade in
Asian big cat skins that were being traded and worn as status symbols
in Tibet. Our investigations were compiled in a report – “Skinning the Cat: Crime and
Politics of the Big Cat Skin Trade”
published in 2006. The results of the investigation and condemnation of
the trade by the Dalai Lama have since sparked a massive movement by
Tibetans to end the use of wild animal skins
activities have been possible thanks to the
generous support of a number of Indian and international organisations,
foundations and individuals.