Government marks World Wildlife Day, organises mass burning of poached wildlife products

The government decided to celebrate the World Wildlife Day by organising this mass burning of poached items, strongly indicating that it would not tolerate such crimes.

A huge consignment of seized wildlife products went up in flames as Union Minister for Environment and Forests (MoEF) Anil Madhav Dave supervised their being fed into an incinerator at the Delhi Zoo on Friday.

As was reported by Mail Today on February 25, the government decided to celebrate the World Wildlife Day by organising this mass burning of poached items, strongly indicating that it would not tolerate such crimes.

An astonishing 100 leopard hides, five tiger skins, two lion skins, 1,451 snake skins, 10 elephant tusks and 30 kilogram tiger bones were reduced to ashes, when these would actually cost millions in the wildlife black market.

An MoEF officer said the articles will continue to burn for three days.

A committee has been formed to oversee the burning. The state governments have also been asked to organise inviolable programmes, including incineration of seized wildlife articles on the occasion.Also Read

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