Friday, May 25, 2012

Deadly Force

A state in Western India has ordered police forest guards to shoot animal poachers on sight in an effort to curtail the killing of wild life such as tigers. This includes "suspected" poachers. It has also offered to pay informants for information leading to arrest. They will be increasing the number of forest guards as well.
Forest guards should not be "booked for human rights violations when they have taken action against poachers," Maharashtra Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam said Tuesday. The state also will send more rangers and jeeps into the forest, and will offer secret payments to informers who give tips about poachers and animal smugglers, he said. ~  KATY DAIGLE , Associated Press

India has faced international scrutiny over its tiger conservation. 14 tigers have already been killed by poachers this year. The black market paying high prices, especially Chinese medicine practioners is what drives the "industry" I wonder what the international community thinks about them giving forest rangers the discretion to execute on the spot anyone who even looks like a poacher?

Eight of this year's tiger poaching deaths in India occurred in Maharashtra, including one whose body was found last week chopped into pieces with its head and paws missing in Tadoba Tiger Reserve. Forest officials have also found traps in the reserve, where about 40 tigers live.  KATY DAIGLE , Associated Press
I know when I hear a story like that, it makes me very emotional - sad and angry. I have thought "They should be shot!" but didn't mean it literally. I hope they come up with a better solution.

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