139 wild animals killed by poachers in 3 yearsApril 28th, 2010 - 10:08 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) As many as 139 wild animals, including 34 tigers, were killed by poachers in the country in the last three years, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said Wednesday.
Of the 139 wild animals killed between 2007 and 2009, 34 were tigers, 9 lions, 47 elephants and 49 rhinos, Ramesh told the Lok Sabha.
He said that the government has taken several measures to conserve and protect wildlife in the country.
“There are reports of killing of wild animals due to demand for wildlife and their products and for consumption as food,” he said.
When asked about the value of wildlife organ trade, Ramesh said: “Trading of wildlife and its derivatives is carried out in a clandestine manner and the ministry has no estimated value of the market.”
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