BHUBANESWAR: Though elephants are getting increasingly electrocuted in the State, thanks to leaning poles and shagging supply lines, the Energy Department seems to have given up. Reason: Funds shortage.

Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh is to write to his civil aviation counterpart about private airlines being used for smuggling wildlife products.

Jairam Ramesh He said he

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NEW DELHI: It was labelled as a rug, being sent from the United States to India through the U.S. Postal Service. But when the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) officials opened the parcel at Kolkata's Foreign Post Office on August 7 they discovered the full skin of what is suspected to be a puma.

The minister of environment and forest (MoEF) plans to expand the activities of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau to ensure that the present judicial system is made more sensitive to wildlife crimes.

KOLKATA, 16 JULY: While wildlife wing officials of the Forest Department are unsure of the status of threatened wildlife species, hundreds of rare birds are being sold at a fair, currently in progress at the Ramleela Maidan in Moulali (in SNS photo).

Hyderabad, June 30: The Union ministry of environment and forests has proposed severe penalties for wildlife offenders making almost all the offences under the Wildlife Protection Act non-bailable and imposing a punishment of not less than five to seven years

The government has ordered a CBI probe into the seizure of 20 kg of tiger parts and skeletons worth Rs 5 crore from Guwahati airport, which were allegedly meant for flourishing traditional medicine market in China and Far East Asia.

Shillong, June 21 (IANS): Assam's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport appears to have become one of the main transit points for smugglers to transport wildlife products to China and Far East Asia.

In less than a week, customs seized tiger skeletons and pangolin scales worth more than Rs.5 crore (over a million dollars) from the airport.

The seizure of the skull and bones of a full-grown tiger and scales of pangolin

Soon, a goldfish in a bowl may be a thing of the past. Goldfish, and indeed all fish, must only be kept in rectangular tanks, not bowls, and as a starting point, aquarium animals should never be