India's national animal is being poached indiscriminately for sale in Chinese markets. The tiger ends up in various unacceptable forms in these markets as flattened skins, bones, claws, parts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and even as tiger bone wine. Backed by their kingpins in China, poachers today have become a formidable force, equipped in most parts with weapons and a well-knit network of locals and insiders who back the trade. If severe measures like the imposition of shoot-at-sight in Kaziranga are not implemented elsewhere, the tiger will lose out to poaching sooner than we know.
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