As we observe the International Tiger Day on July 29, what stares everyone in the face is the rising number of tiger deaths across different parts of the country this year.
Madhya Pradesh presents the worst scenario with 19 tiger deaths against the total mortality figure of 59 in the country between January 1 and July 28 this year.
Last year’s tiger mortality was 69 and the seizure count in terms of tiger body parts was 8. This year, in a span of seven months, the seizure of tiger body parts has gone up to 15 indicating a menacing rise in poaching of big cats and smuggling of their body parts.
Tiger mortality figures during the period January – July 2016 across the Indian States
Crusade for Revival of Environment and Wildlife (CREW), a not for profit organisation has taken a very critical view of the prevailing situation. On the eve of International Tiger Day (July 29, 2016), Founder President of CREW Lalit Shastri announced that his organisation will conduct an orientation workhsop for those participating in the Central Indian Highlands Wildlife Film Festival 2016 (CIHfestival), being organised in collaboration with the Wildlife Wing of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department and Sanctuary Asia, by screening a fifty minute documentary titled “Tiger Territory under attack” produced by CREW. This documentary will then be screened at the panorama section of CIHfestival.
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