Animal Poachers In India Can Be Shot on Sight

PoachingReports Talia Ralph on Global Post:

Animal poachers in India can now be shot on sight, after lawmakers in the western state of Maharashtra passed legislation Wednesday to defend tigers, elephants, and other wildlife from attacks, the Times of India reported.

The state’s forest guards should not be “booked for human rights violations when they have taken action against poachers,” Maharashtra’s Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam said Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

There have been no cases of tiger poachers being shot or killed in Maharashtra, but guards have been charged in the past for shooting illegal loggers or fishermen, the state’s chief wildlife warden S.W.H. Naqvi told the AP.

The state also announced plans to put more rangers and jeeps on patrol in the forest, and will offer secret payments to those who tip off officials about poachers and animal smugglers, according to the AP.

7 Comments on "Animal Poachers In India Can Be Shot on Sight"

  1. Monkey See Monkey Do | May 24, 2012 at 9:03 am |

    As much as I dislike & despise recreational hunters and poachers, I think they should be tranquilized first to be fair.

  2. Calypso_1 | May 24, 2012 at 11:32 am |

    Will they be selling their dessicated glands to the Chinese?

  3. Good idea. Tranquilize them and neuter them. Then set them free, in a zoo (prison).

  4. There is this thing that some people call “the law of unintended consequences”.

    So, even though I certainly empathize with the desire to bring instant retribution to poachers of rare and endangered species, I do have to wonder how that will actually play out.

    I can imagine that if I’m someone who is “forced” to poach for my living and suddenly “open season” is declared on me, I would certainly feel that “open season” had been declared on those that were gunning for me.

    That is, I’d take my cousin along and we’d ambush and kill any park rangers that might stumble across us.

    Also, I might find out which house in the village they live in and then burn that down and shoot anyone who runs out trying to escape the flames.

    Thank goodness I’m not a poacher and don’t have to contemplate such things.

    I’m even happier that I’m not a park ranger….

  5. Actually not a bad idea.

  6. Johnnyutah | May 25, 2012 at 10:55 am |

    I’ll bet poacher teeth bring a tidy some on the black market and they are probably an aphrodisiac in China. 

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