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Assam: Rhino numbers rise, but rampant poaching continues


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The forest department’s biannual census in Kaziranga National Park shows a healthy upswing in the rhino population — from 2,330 two years ago to 2,401 in 2015 — although a hundred of these majestic endangered animals fell to poachers’ bullets for their prized horn that fetches millions of dollars in the clandestine international animal parts market.

 

 

At the same time, a reply to a right to information (RTI) application reveals that the state hasn’t been able to convict a single of the 243 people arrested for poaching since 2009.

 

 

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RTIs punch holes in Prakash Javadekar's claims on growing rhino count

 

NEW DELHI: Environment minister Prakash Javadekar's claim that all's well with the country's rhinoceros population is only half the story. While the population of the one-horned rhinoceros is on the rise -- 2,401 at the most recent count undertaken in March -- instances of poaching too have increased, with nine rhinos being killed by poachers in the first 100 days of this year.

 

 

 

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46922062.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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While the population of the one-horned rhinoceros is on the rise -- 2,401 at the most recent count undertaken in March -- instances of poaching too have increased, with nine rhinos being killed by poachers in the first 100 days of this year. Read more at:RTIs punch holes in Prakash Javadekar's claims on growing rhino count - The Economic Times

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