Poaching poses threat to entire ecosystem: Jairam Ramesh

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New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday asserted that innumerable instances of poaching of wild animals, particularly the majestic striped felines like the tiger, pose a serious threat to our entire ecosystem.

Speaking at an interactive session on the fate of Indian Royal Bengal tiger here, Ramesh said instead of trans-locating the tigers, poaching needs to be curbed.

"Between the years 2002 to 2004 around 23 tigers were poached in Sariska National Park. At present we have trans-located three tigers from Ranthambhore. But trans-location is not the solution. We have to fight against poaching. Today poaching is the biggest threat," he noted.

A host of committed wildlife enthusiasts and activists participated in this meeting held at the Nehru Memorial Museum in New Delhi.

Among the notable persons who spoke were: MP Karan Singh, Cricketer Rahul Dravid, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Kursheed.

"I think a lot needs to be done to protect the forests and poaching is one of them. There are so many things that need to be done and like I said I am here to learn about it. I am sure a lot of good things are being done. But like I said if we save the tiger, we can save the forest, saving the forest affects climate change which is a huge issue at the moment. I think it's all inter-related," said Dravid.

Many school children who were at this meet shared their views and also took active part in variety of activities like face painting, poster making. They also interacted with the politicians.

Although India is not a consumer of wildlife body parts, the demand from other countries in the Far East with lucrative offers has posed a great threat to wildlife. (ANI)

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