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Monitor lizards are among the species reported as poched during lockdown © Manish Pandey

Indian wildlifeamidst the COVID-19 crisis

Monitor lizards are among the species reported as poched during lockdown © Manish Pandey

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Published 3rd June 2020

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Reported wildlife poaching in India more than doubles during COVID-19 lockdown

New Delhi, India, 3rd June 2020—A TRAFFIC analysis finds a significant increase in reported poaching of wild animals in India during the lockdown period that is not restricted to any geographical region or state or to any specific wildlife area. Reports of poaching incidences for consumption and local trade have more than doubled during lockdown although there was no evidence of stockpiling of wildlife products for future trade.

Indian wildlife amidst the COVID-19 crisis: An analysis of poaching and illegal wildlife trade

Report author(s):
Dr Saket Badola

Publication date:
June 2020


Notes:

A new coronavirus, designated SARS-CoV-2, has caused a worldwide health pandemic with people infected by a new disease known as COVID-19, which can have fatal consequences. India  announced a complete lockdown beginning 25th March 2020 until 3rd May, after which the lockdown was gradually opened up.


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