NTCA tiger traffic ban

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India – The New Indian Express

NTCA to support Bandipur traffic ban.

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Officials of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will submit its affidavit to the Supreme Court agreeing to the proposal to strengthen and upgrade the alternative Mysuru- Mananthwadi Road via Gonikuppa.

While the NTCA, in its affidavit, is proposing to upgrade the alternative road to national highway standards, in the next step, it will propose putting some restrictions on the movement of vehicles on this road during night hours as it passes through the buffer zone of Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

Commentary

The Indian tiger authority NTCA supports an alternative route to move traffic out of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

This case is a true Human Tiger Conflict.

#tiger #tigernews

NYCA Killing Tiger Guidelines

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India – The Indian Express

NTCA bars killing of tigers by private shooters, Wildlife Act still allows it.

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has barred all state forest departments from engaging a private shooter to kill a tiger for which shoot orders have been issued. There is, however, no clarity if the new guideline is strictly enforceable since the Wildlife Protection Act still contains the provision to engage such persons.

The NTCA has also dropped the use of the word ‘man-eater’ for the animal for which shooting orders have been issued. It will henceforth be described as “dangerous to human life”. The NTCA has also removed the restriction on the bore size of the gun —‘not below .375 magnum’ — to be used to kill the animal.

Commentary

The Indian tiger authority (the NTCA) has issued new guidelines for Chief Wildlife Wardens on how to deal with problem tigers.

However, with the new guidelines the NTCA seems to shoot itself in the foot.

Many people, conservationists, even lawyers, object on the way the NTCA has written down the new guidelines. Some say that the NTCA now has more opportunities to have tigers killed. Others say that the Indian law doesn’t allow the new guidelines of the NTCA.

Either way, it seems that the NTCA now has work to do to recover the damage done with the new guidelines.

#tiger #tigernews

USA Tigers

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United Kingdom – The Guardian

Title

Content

There are more tigers in American gardens than there are left in the wild. Alex Hannaford meets the owners who live cheek by jowl with their pets, and also those ensuring the big cats are treated without cruelty.

t was the sort of headline impossible to scroll past: “Pot Smokers Find Caged Tiger in Abandoned Houston House, Weren’t Hallucinating: Police.” Last February, a group of people had snuck into a deserted house in Texas’s largest city to smoke marijuana when they stumbled upon a full-grown tiger in a cage – a cage secured by just a nylon strap and a screwdriver.

Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police Department’s animal cruelty unit, later told a local TV station: “It wasn’t the effects of the drugs. There was an actual tiger!” The animal was given a name, Loki, and sent to an animal sanctuary in the country, run by the Humane Society of the United States. You’d be forgiven for thinking Loki’s experience was an isolated incident – it isn’t.

 
 

Commentary

USA is one of three countries of the axis of tiger evil. After China and Thailand, the US shows us time and time again how tigers and other big cats are being abused.

If President Donald Trump would have balls, he would create better circumstances for tigers (and other captive animals) in the USA.

Just to make America great again.

#tiger #tigernews

Justice

The 2nd of November 2018 is a black day in the history of tiger conservation. A six-year-old tigress, mother of two cubs, was killed in Indian state Maharashtra by Asghar Ali Khan, the son of a professional marksman, Nawab Shafath Ali Khan.

Avni was allegedly charged with the killing of 13 humans. The Indian Supreme Court approved the tranquilizing of Avni by the forest department. Apparently the hunting team, with more than 100 people involved, was attacked by Avni – which was supposed to be the reason Avni was shot dead.

The hunting and killing of Avni caused uproar in India and abroad. Mass demonstrations, petitions and online awareness campaigns engaged millions of people, supporting the tigress and her cubs that also had to be removed from the wild.

One year later there are still major doubts about the killing of Avni.

Unclear

The father of the killer of Avni, Asghar Ali Khan, has been involved in many hunting parties. His presence in the hunting of Avni was highly remarkable. But not only his presence raised eyebrows. The Maharashtra Forest Department claimed that the tigress was killed in self-defense, but the results of the autopsy showed a different pattern:

  • The autopsy report of Avni, officially known as T1, showed that she was not tranquilized at all, despite a dart in her thighs. This fact raised suspicions that Avni was killed deliberately, despite the order of the Supreme Court to tranquilize her, and that the insertion of the dart was a cover-up.
  • The dart was secured to the body with a strap. This is highly remarkable because darts are always removed. It raises suspicion that the strapped dart was placed deliberately to show the world that she was tranquilized.
  • The post-mortem report showed that the impact of the dart was not like the dart was shot from a ‘syringe projector’ or a tranquilizing gun.
  • The post-mortem report also said that the dart (5-millilitres capacity with a 1.5-inch collared needle) was “placed subcutaneously” in Avni’s left thigh.
  • Also the post-mortem showed that there was no haemorrhage observed in the muscles at the darting site showed.
  • Last but not least it showed that the tigress was facing away from the shooter when he pulled the trigger, which indicates she did not attack.

The report also claimed that the death of Avni was due to excessive internal hemorrhage and cardio-respiratory failure, while her stomach and intestines were filled with fluid and gas, indicating she had not been hunting or eating for four to five days.

Strong support

A lot of people felt fooled by the Forest Department of Maharashtra. People went into the streets to demonstrate and Internet campaigns were very successful, reaching and engaging millions of supporters, amongst others with #justice4tigressavni.

Politicians started blaming each other for Avni’s death. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi claimed that Avni could have been saved by capturing her alive through tranquilization. She also demanded with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis that Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar should be removed from his job: “It is nothing but a straight case of crime,” she tweeted with the hash tag #Justice4TigressAvni. In the end nothing happened: nobody took responsibility.

The ones responsible walk free, but not her cubs

Despite the uproar nothing really happened. The politically responsible ones didn’t do a thing and refused to take the blame, leaving lots of people upset.

Her cubs, one male and one female, were the next to capture. The female cub (T1C2) was only captured in December, almost two months after the killing of Avni. She was taken to Pench Tiger Reserve, to be kept in an enclosure, ‘almost like an open forest’. The male cub (T1C1) was never captured, despite intense hunting sessions. The last news is that he is still roaming free, as he should be.

compartment no 665 in the Anji forest in Ralegaon…

Read more at: https://www.mynation.com/news/tigress-avni-female-cub-captured-maharashtra-india-pk6uv0

compartment no 665 in the Anji forest in Ralegaon…

Read more at: https://www.mynation.com/news/tigress-avni-female-cub-captured-maharashtra-india-pk6uv0

compartment no 665 in the Anji forest in Ralegaon…

Read more at: https://www.mynation.com/news/tigress-avni-female-cub-captured-maharashtra-india-pk6uv0

AVNI DAY - the 2nd of November

In remembrance of tigress Avni we announce the 2nd of November be AVNI DAY, a day of peaceful but loud protest.

A protest against corruption, covering-up and lobbying.

A protest for transparency, honesty and justice. For Avni. And for all other tigers (like Ustad, Munna) that have been treated unfair.

 

Vietnam tiger

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India – The Policy Times

A Rendezvous on Asia’s Next Tiger – Vietnam.

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Q) The first step of building connect is awareness. But unlike Thailand or Indonesia where historical links helped build awareness, India does not have any historical links with Vietnam. How does one make Indians aware of Vietnam without the benefit of historical links?

A) India does have a historical link with Vietnam. But while most Indians are aware of their historical connect with Thailand, Cambodia or Bali, thanks to Ashoka’s Buddhism outreach or the linkages created by India’s Pallava, Chola, and Kalinga kingdoms, not many are aware of India’s history with Vietnam. The Champa kingdom, which started in southern Vietnam during the 4th century AD, was influenced by Hinduism. This kingdom flourished for over 1,000 years, a significant period when one looks at the average tenure of kingdoms in the medieval era.

Commentary

Countries that are fast growing in economic values are often called ‘tigers’.

Now Vietnam is being called a tiger and in this interview with Sourajit Aiyer, Consultant-South Asia Fast Track & author of Bay of Bengal, he explains the underlying elements.

But as we all know: tigers have vanished from Vietnam because the government refused to take necessary action.

Why trust Vietnam now as an investor?

#tiger #tigernews

Laos tiger

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USA – Mongabay

How Laos lost its tigers.

Content

The last tiger in Lao PDR likely died in terrible anguish. Its foot caught in a snare, the animal probably died of dehydration. Or maybe, in a desperate bid to free itself from a snare crafted from a simple and cheap motorbike cable, it tore off a leg and died from the blood loss.

Perhaps the Indochinese tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti), a distinct subspecies, was able to free itself from the snare, only to have the wound fester and kill it in the end.

Or, and this isn’t impossible either, the last tiger of Lao PDR (or Laos) was simply shot to death by poachers who then butchered its body and sold its parts in the illegal trafficking trade to feed a seemingly insatiable demand for tiger bits and bones for sham medicine or status symbols.

Commentary

Laos was a proud host of tigers, until they became extinct. Well, proud? Not really. The government didn’t do anything to prevent extinction.

WCS and other NGOs tried to turn the tide but failed. Money was wasted, the public didn’t care and the Chinese black market was (and still is) thriving. A good recipe for disaster.

Laos is a good example for other countries. If the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Myanmar don’t step with their budgets and commitment, the world will lose tigers in these countries too.

#tiger #tigernews

Orang tiger reserve

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India – Northeast Now

Assam: Orang national park reopened.

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Assam forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Saturday reopened the Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve for the tourist season 2019-20.

The Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang district is the natural habitat of more than 100 one-horned rhino and around 24 Royal Bengal tigers besides wide range of flora and fauna.

The function was also attended by Mangaldai Lok Sabha MP Dilip Sakia and Mangaldai MLA Gurujyoti Das apart from officials and staff of the Forest Department, students and other local people.

Commentary

Orang Tiger Reserve in India was damaged badly after the floods in Assam earlier this year.

It now reopened so the tourism season can finally start.

#tiger #tigernews

Karen people

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Myanmar – Myanmar Times

Saving Myanmar’s treasures.

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After eight years of collecting dust on the planning shelves, the Myitsone dam project in Myitkina township, Kachin State, is at the centre of a revival effort by its Chinese backers. The project had been stalled since 2011, when then-president Thein Sein, in an unprecedented move, put it on hold in the wake of massive public protests.

In late 2009, as Asia Sentinel reported, a team of 80 Myanmar and Chinese scientists and environmentalists released a 945-page environmental impact study of the Myitsone dam for China Power Investment that concluded the dam should not be built. Although the Chinese government ignored the recommendations of its own scientists, the Burma Rivers Network, which opposes the dam, obtained a copy of the assessment and made it public.

Nonetheless, the Ministry of Electric Power-1 said it had done its own environmental assessment, and the dam would be built regardless.

Commentary

To provide China’s expansion drift with energy and trade China is now using the crisis in Myanmar to make deals for major environment-killing infrastructural projects, like roads and dams.

Because nobody knows this, we publish this to raise awareness on this urgent matter.

#tiger #tigernews

Karnataka tiger

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India – WIO News

Growing tiger numbers leads to big cats spilling out of forests in Karnataka.

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In July 2019 India had reasons to cheer after the Prime Minister announced the All India Tiger Estimation results of 2018. In four years, India had seen an increase of 700 of these big cats. But with the growth in tiger population, bigger challenges now face the forest departments.

On October 13, a 4-day operation by the Karnataka Forest department led to the capture of a young tiger from around the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The tiger had been tormenting villagers, by killing 2 people and over a dozen cattle. 6 veterinarians, multiple teams and forest department elephants identified the tiger using camera traps and pug marks and managed to tranquilise it.

But while the department has been lauded for capturing the big cat, the problems are bigger than that.

Commentary

Because Indian state Karnataka has been successful with tiger conservation some of the forests are filled with tigers.

So they go looking for other places, also entering human habitats. The result: increasing human-tiger conflicts.

The state of Karnataka refuses to expand the tiger areas in a real progressive way, getting more and citizens jeopardized by growing chances on human tiger conflicts.

#tiger #tigernews

Malayan tiger

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Malaysia – The Malaysian Insight

Budget 2020 a boon to tiger conservation, says WWF-Malaysia.

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Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) is ecstatic that Budget 2020 fulfils its biggest wish: to help save Malayan tigers, of which fewer than 200 roam the wild.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, when tabling the budget in Parliament on Friday, said the government will allocate RM48 million to preserve the country’s forests and natural biodiversity.

Commentary

There is always discussion about budget. Some say it’s enough, others complains it’s not enough.

Malaysia committed to saving the Malayan tiger from extinction. They allocated 48 million Malayan RInggit, some US$ 11,5 million. The total budget of Malaysia will be 297 billion RM, almost 71 billion US$.

You can tell for yourself if Malaysia’s actions are in comparison with its words.

#tiger #tigernews

Budget tiger

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Malaysia – New Straits Times

2020 Budget: Mixed reaction to biodiversity allocation.

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Budget’s allocation for preserving the environment has drawn mixed reactions from environmentalists and academics.

Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) president Prof Dr Ahmad Ismail commended the government for proceeding with its current fiscal policy of returning 50 per cent of the tourism tax proceeds to the respective states.

He further said the move in Kedah could deter logging in the catchment of Ulu Muda, while encouraging the state to convert the forest reserve into a state park.

“This can also attract ecotourism and create more opportunities for the economy,” he said adding that the forest also provided water to Penang.

Commentary

Like in 2010 during the St. Petersburg Tiger summit Malaysia made big promises: doubling the number of 500 tigers.

Now in 2019 the number of tigers is around 200, which is a decrease of 60 (!) per cent.

The responsible minister – dr. Xavier Jayakumar – made big promises. He said in 2018: “It might sound a bit drastic but if you want to save Malayan tigers, we have to take drastic action as well.”

Only strong words don’t save tigers. Give the people that know what to do the money so they can do it.

If you don’t have the money? Just raise the taxes on palm oil companies: they are the ones responsible for the situation of tigers in the first place.

#tiger #tigernews

Wildlife Week tiger roaming
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India – The Hindu
Photo credits – David Shephard Wildlife Foundation – A. Seymour

Governor’s pat for tiger conservation.

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Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has called for creating greater awareness on human-wildlife conflicts.

Pointing out that the issue could be a result of lopsided models of development, he called for steps to protect people and their properties against such dangers.

He was delivering the valedictory address to mark the conclusion of the Wildlife Week observance at a function organised at the Forest Department headquarters here on Tuesday.

Commentary

An Indian governor calls for more awareness on human-tiger-conflicts.

The problems with HTCs are encroachment and lack of corridors.

If India wants to end HTCs it needs to create much more corridors so tigers from overpopulated tiger areas can move to less populated areas.

Furthermore India can do so much more on preventing people to live near tiger areas (protected or not). Encroachment is a main cause to deal with.

#tiger #tigernews

Madhya Pradesh tiger

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India – Hindustan Times

Madhya Pradesh redraws plan for 10 wildlife sanctuaries after MLAs, villagers object.

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Under pressure from lawmakers and villagers, the Madhya Pradesh forest department has decided to reduce the area of 10 green corridors to connect tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries in the state by one third.

According to the forest department, the state has six tiger reserves, 10 national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, which are poorly connected to each other resulting in increase in human-animal conflict.

The forest department had planned to development 10 sanctuaries in the state to facilitate easier movement of wildlife from one habitat to another and to have more homes for animals. The plan, forest minister Umang Singhar said, would also reduce territorial fights and casualties.

Commentary

The Forest Department of Indian State Madhya Pradesh wants to create tiger corridors because there is not enough space for the current number of tigers.

But the plan is redrawn after protets of lawmakers, that chose sides of villagers that are to be relocated.

India:
1,370,104,415 people
yearly growth: 13,775,474 people

2,967 tigers

Is there any more to say?

#tiger #tigernews

Pretty Boy tiger

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United Kingdom – The Times

Three stripes and you’re out: Pretty Boy the tiger doomed after killing third villager in Rajasthan.

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He is among the most beautiful wild tigers in the world. But Pretty Boy has become one of India’s most notorious man-eaters after killing three villagers, and is now at the centre of a battle over whether he should be caged for life — or put down.

“The animal was growing normally, leaving its mother and hunting prey, but it turned killer,” according to Andy Rouse, a British photographer who has taken pictures of Pretty Boy, 3, in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan since he was a cub.

Commentary

Another Ranthambore tiger that is a victim of the failing Rajasthan state wildlife policy is Pretty Boy.

Pretty Boy is a beautiful tiger but due to the unavailability of sufficient habitat it needs to go out of human set boundaries. While doing so this tiger thinks it has to protect its habitat against introducers, not knowing humans also live there. This already led to three human casualties.

The problem behind this lays within the success of the past wildlife policy of Rajasthan: due to this success many tigers were able to succesfully reproduce. That’s wonderful.

On the other hand, due to the commercial success of Ranthambore the area got hust too many people and business so Ranthambore is not able to expand to host the growing amount of tigers – as is necessary.

So too many tigers, not enough space to live and too many people… well, you can do the maths yourself.

In this case Pretty Boy was tranquilized again (for the 6th time) and removed to a 2-hectare facility as it allegedly killed three humans.

But more Pretty Boys will follow if Rajasthan doesn’t change its policy soon.

#tiger #tigernews

Asian tiger

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Dr. M. says Malaysia can be new Asian tiger under WKB2030.

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The Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 (WKB2030) can put Malaysia as a new a Asian Tiger and provide a decent standard of living for all Malaysians by 2030, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said it will give higher value to the country’s economy and make Malaysia a nation that is competitive, of high integrity and dignity.

“This will make Malaysia regain the trust of the market and investors and be able to place Malaysia as a new Asian Tiger,” he said when launching WKB2030 here today.

Commentary

The Malayan prime minster Mahathir Mohamad has just presented a vision about Malaysia’s future.

He uses the tiger and says Malaysia can be a new Asian tiger.

Although it is understood what he wants to say, he’d better do his research on tigers in Asia, especially the Malayan tiger.

Comparing your future economy with an animal that is about to go extinct is not a wise thing to do, it seems.

#tiger #tigernews

Bikram Keshari Arukh

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India – Pragativadi

65th Wildlife Week: Odisha Govt committed to conserve wildlife species, says Minister.

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The government is committed to the conservation and growth of wildlife species in the state, minister for forest and environment Bikram Keshari Arukh said.

Speaking as the chief guest on the 65th state-level Wildlife Week at Jaydev Bhavan here on Friday, Arukh urged the social organizations to initiate steps for the peaceful coexistence of man and animal. He said a peaceful coexistence is always good for our society.

The minister said Odisha is the only state where one can find three species of crocodiles, black Royal Bengal Tiger, migratory birds, Olive Ridley turtles, and rich mangroves. Arukh said the government has taken due steps to conserve nearly 52 endangered species. He said the department has taken the initiative to conserve 155 species including the above mentioned 52 in Nandankanan.

Commentary

The Odisha minister that is responsible for forests, mr. Bikram Keshari Arukh, is telling that the government of Odisha is committed to conserve wildlife species.

He was speaking as the chief guest on the 65th state-level Wildlife Week.

But actions speak louder than words. With all the help from the Indian government, Odisha has even managed to lose tigers (32 in 2010, now 28).

Show the world that you can do more than just talk, mr. Bikram Keshari Arukh, and just make sure the poaching stops.

#tiger #tigernews

Ratapani tiger

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India – Financial Express

Ratapani Tiger Reserve: Madhya Pradesh to get 7th tiger reserve.

Content

Known as the Tiger state of India, Madhya Pradesh is set to get its 7th tiger reserve. The tiger reserve which has been proposed to be carved out of the Ratapani wildlife sanctuary will be known as the Ratapani Tiger Reserve.

A report published in the Indian Express suggested that the declaration was made recently and the central Indian state is inching closer to get a new tiger reserve. It also said that the committee of the state government has submitted a report consisting of the final outline of the core and buffer areas of the tiger reserve that was proposed.

The proposal of the Ratapani tiger reserve has been in government’s shelves for more than a decade, the report added.

Commentary

After 10 years of denying, delaying, and discussing Indian state Madhya Pradesh will finally decide to make Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary a tiger reserve.

This means more protection for tigers and more possibilities for managing their habitat.

Well done at last Madhya Pradesh!

#tiger #tigernews

Indian tiger

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USA – Mongabay

MoEFCC expert committee gives wildlife clearance for Kaiga nuclear plant’s expansion .

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Clearing the final hurdle in the expansion of the capacity of the Kaiga Atomic power plant in Karwar area of Karnataka, an expert wildlife panel led by the Indian government’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar has recommended wildlife clearance to it. 

The project related to setting up of pressurised heavy water reactor-based nuclear power plant with installed capacity of 1,400 megawatt (MW) comprising of two units of 700 MW each in the existing premises of 54.09 hectares at Kaiga plant located 1.30 kilometres away from the boundary of the Kali Tiger Reserve got the go-ahead in the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (SC-NBWL) on August 29, 2019.

Commentary

The Indian government meets demands of the NTCA, the Indian tiger authority and is allowed to expand a nuclear power plant, two kilometers away from tiger reserve.

#tiger #tigernews

Gandhi, Rahul
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India – Hindustan Times
Photo credits – NDTV

Rahul To Visit Wayanad To Support Youth Protesting Ban On Night Travel.

Content

All political parties in Wayanad have come together to form an action council and launched an indefinite strike saying night travel ban has crippled their lives. The movement of traffic through the forest was banned from 9 pm to 6 am in an effort to reduce disturbance to wildlife.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will arrive in his constituency in Wayanad on Tuesday to meet the people who are on hunger strike in Sultan Bathery against the ban on night commuting along the Kozhikkode-Bangaluru National Highway 766 that passes through the Bandipur tiger reserve.

Commentary

In Indian state Karnataka a road crosses a tiger reserve. There is a ban to drive at nights. Young people say it affects their lives and are on hunger strike.

There is a legal battle to lift the ban but the Supreme Court supports the tiger reserve: the ban must stay. The Supreme Court asked authorities to develop an alternate route.

Politicians always use these kinds of situations to gain voters. In this case congress leader Rahul Gandhi is supporting the hunger strikers. But in doing so he lets tigers down.

Maybe he’d better use his influence to speed up the process to create an alternate road?

#tiger #tigernews

Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary

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India – The New Indian Express

Despite NTCA Nod, Sunabeda Tiger Reserve Hanging Fire.

Content

At a time when Odisha is facing backlash over poor execution of big cat conservation programmes, the State Government is sitting over notifying the Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada as a tiger reserve (TR).

The proposed tiger reserve, which was granted in-principle approval a decade back, is facing inordinate delay for reasons best known to the Forest and Environment department.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has been requesting the State Government to expedite steps to issue final notification for Sunabeda Tiger Reserve at the earliest.

The proposal is pending before the department irrespective of the fact that all formalities required to notify Sunabeda as a tiger reserve were completed by the State wildlife wing earlier this year.

Commentary

Indian State Odish, under fire because of poor tiger protection results, is now again making the news in a bad way.

The Sunabeda Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuapada has everything to become a tiger reserve, where tigers get more protection and attention. It even has the approval of the Indian tiger authority, the NTCA.

But the Odisha government is -again- excelling in poor actions. Now they ‘forget’ to decide to make this sanctuary a tiger reserve.

The reason is why? What other interests are at stake for the people at the government?

#tiger #tigernews

Boris Johnson tiger
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United Kingdom – iNews

Photo credits – The Spectator

Boris Johnson unveils £220m funding to protect endangered animals.

Content

A new £220m fund created to protect endangered animals, such as the black rhino and the Sumatran tiger, from extinction will be unveiled by Boris Johnson on Monday.

The Prime Minister will call for urgent action to stop the dramatic loss of biodiversity across the globe.

Commentary

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom will invest $US 275 million to save endangered animals like the black rhino and the Sumatran tiger.

Will other political leaders from around the world follow his example?

#tiger #tigernews

tiger census
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India – Times of India

Photo credits: Deccan Herald

No Glitches In Tiger Estimation Numbers, Claims WII.

Content

Scientists of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) as well as officials of Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) on Friday reacted to a media report which alleged that there were glitches in the tiger estimation exercise of 2015 conducted by WII and National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The exercise had counted 2,226 tigers and photographed 1,635 but it was alleged that 221 of these “tiger photos” — or around 16% of the numbers — should not have been counted as it was found “after an analysis of the pictures that one of seven could be a paper tiger photographed twice; in some cases even thrice; photos repeated, and photos repeated but shown as that of different tigers in the data set.”

YV Jhala, senior scientist of WII and principal investigator of the tiger estimation report said that “there is no question of duplicating or inflating the numbers as we still have the data and albums very much saved with us.”

Commentary

Yadvendra Yhala of the Wildlife Institute of India (a governmental agency) denies the supposed glitches in tiger censuses.

He says the contrary is true: that the numbers are even under-reported.

On the other hand, the WII is fueling speculation by being not transparent on the process and the findings.

The question is: why?

#tiger #tigernews

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India – India Today

Rumble In The Jungle - Tiger Tourism.

Content

A plan to set up an ’empowered wildlife advisory committee’ in Madhya Pradesh has been caught up in the conservation versus tourism debate and is facing stiff resistance from the state’s forest department.

A proposal to create such a body was recently sent to the state government by Delhi-based conservationist Valmik Thapar (who was also recently appointed to the state’s wildlife advisory board). The proposal has been rejected by the state’s chief wildlife warden, U. Prakasham, who says that such a committee is not needed.

A section of conservationists had also opposed the proposal-they argue that such a committee would favour tourism over conservation.

Commentary

A pro-tourism lobby group in Indian state Madhya Pradesh – that calls itself an ’empowered wildlife advisory committee’ – wants to have more to say about tiger conservation.

Of course the state’s forest department rejected the proposal. As it is all about increasing profits and not about tigers.

Let the Indian tourism sector first show that they can transform into eco-tourism and really contribute to tiger conservation.

Otherwise Madhya Pradesh tiger reserves also end up as tiger tourist traps like Ranthambore.

#tiger #tigernews

Kaziranga tiger

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India – Hindustan Times

Assam Approves Kaziranga Eco Sensitive Zone Proposal, Sends It To Centre.

Content

In line with the Supreme Court’s directions, Assam government has approved a draft proposal for a long pending eco-sensitive zone around the Kaziranga National Park and sent it to the Centre, officials of the state’s Department of Environment and Forest said on Wednesday.

The move is aimed at regulating activity including mining around the famed national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to the big five including the one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, elephant, water buffalo and swamp deer among other species.

Commentary

To regulate, manage or prevent eco-sensitive activities (like hotels, mining) the Assam government finally followed up on a Supreme Court decision to create a Eco Sensitve Zone around Kaziranga National Park.

But the fight doesn’t seem to be over as the opposition thinks the proposed zone is not enough.

#tiger #tigernews

Electrocuted tiger

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India – The Wire

Environment Ministry Appeals To Keep Power Lines At Bay From Wildlife.

Content

Every year, an average of 50 elephants are killed in India by electrocution, according to official data. These pachyderms meet their end as they stumble upon ill-maintained power lines and the electrical infrastructure passing through their forest abodes.

To prevent the death of elephants and other wildlife from electrocution, the expert wildlife panel of India’s environment ministry has called for developing a nationwide strategy for long-term planning of electricity grid networks.

The panel recommended measures like burying transmission lines underground, setting up reinforced electric poles fitted with spikes to prevent elephants from rubbing against them, lifting sagging overhead power lines and dismantling of defunct solar-powered fences to protect the animals from coming in contact with these potential sources of electrocution.

Commentary

Electrocution is a major cause of death for tigers in India: more than 30% of all deaths of Indian tigers!

But nobody is telling about it because poaching is easier to talk about.

The NTCA wants to make all possibilities that can electrocute tigers (or other animals) disappear (in the ground or with other solutions). Even the Indian Supreme Court was involved.

But it is still talks and no action – since July 2018.

Politics as usual.

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Tiger conference

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India – Orissa Post

India, Russia To Jointly Work On Tiger Conservation.

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India and Russia agreed Wednesday to hold a joint high level tiger forum next year, acknowledging the leadership role being played by both the countries to conserve the endangered species.

The decision was taken during a bilateral meeting held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin here.

“Both leaders attach a lot of importance to the environment and in particular to the tiger conservation,” Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told a media briefing. “It has been decided that next year, India and Russia will do a bilateral forum to take forward the tiger conservation,” he added.

Commentary

Prime ministers Modi (India) and Putin (Russia) are having talks in Vladivostok (Russia).

One of the things they discuss is taking the lead in tiger conservation. Which is logical because both countries make progress in tiger numbers, organisation and creating awareness about conservation issues.

They agreed upon organising a joint high level tiger forum next year, a welcome initiative.

Let’s hope this one is more successful than the one in Russia in 2010. The Global Tiger Initiative (GTI), which was organized by WWF and the WorldBank, turned out to be a disaster with dramatic consequences for tigers in countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar.

We hope for a more constructive forum where the right issues will be discussed:

  • how to stop tiger farming?
  • how to stop Chinese syndicates from killing all wild animals in the world?
  • how to stop corruption?
  • how to stop unsustainable tiger tourism in India and Thailand?
  • how to stop governments that only care about economics?

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Aceh dam

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Indonesia – Mongabay

Indonesian Court Cancels Dam Project In Last Stronghold Of Tigers, Rhinos.

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A court in Indonesia has annulled a permit allowing the development of a $3 billion hydropower plant in a forest that’s home to critically endangered tigers, rhinos and orangutans.

The court in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra, issued the ruling Aug. 28, in a lawsuit filed in March by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), the country’s biggest green NGO. The respondents in the suit are the Aceh provincial government, which issued the permit, and PT Kamirzu, the Indonesian subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Prosperity International Holding, the recipient of the permit.

Commentary

The Indonesian governments learns a hard lesson: the court overrules a decision to build a power plant in one of the last strongholds of tigers in Indionesia: the Leuser ecosystem.

Justice!

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Telenanga tiger

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India – Telangana Today

Photo credit: The Hans India

Uranium Mining In Telangana Forests: Impact Report Under Way.

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The proposals for exploratory drilling for eventual possible mining of uranium in Nallamala forests in the State, in two blocks of forest covering 83 square kilometres, appear to be moving forward with field level officers of the Forest Department tasked with preparing reports on tree cover, existence of roads and presence of wild animals in the identified areas.

It may be recalled that an in-principle approval was given for exploratory drilling for uranium this past May by Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change in an area of seven square kilometres. in two blocks of 3 and 4 square kilometres

Commentary

The State Government of Telangana wants to push mining of uranium despite all environmental destruction – even in protected tiger core areas (Amrabad Tiger Reserve).

When are politicians going to learn to respect nature – the foundation of all life?

Stop the mining in Telangana forests!


 

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Kerinci tiger habitat

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USA/Indonesia – Mongabay

A Tiger Refuge In Sumatra Gets A Reprieve From Road Building.

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The rainforests that once carpeted Indonesia’s Sumatra Island are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, home to iconic species like the Sumatran tiger, rhino and orangutan. They are also among the most imperiled; in just two decades, between 1990 and 2010, Sumatra lost 40 percent of its old-growth forest. The tigers, rhinos and orangutans that roamed those forests are now critically endangered.

Much of the intact forest that remains is protected, at least nominally, in a series of National Parks, and, since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS).

Commentary

Indonesia has to do so much more to save its top tiger reserve Kerinci Seblat.

This article gives an excellent insight on how a beautiful nature area is being wasted by agriculture, logging, mining and poaching.

Please step up Indonesia!

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Bhutan

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Hong Kong – Asian Sentinel

Massive Dam Complex Threatens Bhutan’s Philosophy

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The kingdom of Bhutan, whose now-abdicated monarch Jigme Singy Wangchuk won the admiration of the world’s environmentalists by weaving sustainable development, environmental and cultural preservation and good governance into his governing philosophy, now has raised alarms because of a plan to dam numerous rivers and export the power to neighboring countries as a method of lifting the kingdom out of poverty. 

The regime in the capital Thimpu governs one of Asia’s most intriguing countries, with its snow-dipped Himalayan mountains, maroon-robed monks, given the formerly absolute monarch’s voluntary decision to bequeath democracy to his people and the plan to measure well-being through what Jigme called Gross National Happiness rather than development – until now. 

Commentary

Strong rumors of a dam being built in the jungles of Bhutan are getting stronger.

Will Bhutan, where the now-abdicated monarch Jigme Singy Wangchuk won the admiration of the world’s environmentalists by weaving sustainable development, environmental and cultural preservation and good governance into his governing philosophy, going to wreck its precious ecosystems?

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