Rhino attacked, tiger killed as floods ravage Northeast

Yes, more poaching news from that cesspool known as India… (Raja, an eight-year-old rescued Royal Bengal Tiger, rests inside South Kahayar Bari tiger rescue centre at Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, about 160 km (99 miles) north of the eastern Indian city of Siliguri February 21, 2010. Reuters photo: Rupak De Chowdhuri)

Robert MacMillan
Reuters
September 26, 2012

Northeast India is home to several rare and endangered animal species, which means that Northeast India is also home to poachers. With floods ravaging Assam and other northeastern states and displacing some 2 million people, poachers appear to be using the opportunity to murder animals.

Suspected poachers attacked a rare one-horned rhino by shooting it and cutting off its horn, the BBC reported:

The rhino was wounded when shot and had its horn cut off after it wandered out of Kaziranga national park, which has been inundated by flood waters. … The rhino was one of many animals that moved to higher ground to escape the deluge. Guards lost track of it as it approached an elevated highway out of the park, Assam’s Chief Wildlife Warden Suresh Chand told the Associated Press news agency. The rhino was then shot by a group of poachers who afterwards cut off its horn, Mr. Chand said.

Poachers have killed 13 rhinos around the park in the past nine months, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile, poachers killed a 6-year-old female Royal Bengal tiger in her cage at a zoo in Arunachal Pradesh, according to a report in Mid-Day from Arunachal’s capital Itanagar. “The incident happened when guards had gone out for dinner.”

Because that’s what you do when you’re a guard; you go out for dinner and leave the tiger unguarded. It’s hard to say why poachers are still able to get away with killing animals, and it’s even harder to say how many of these incidents they were able to prevent. As long as rhino horns and other illegal spoils of these killings remain valuable, it looks like someone will find a way (did you ever think that keratin would be so valuable that you’d pay for someone to shoot a rhinoceros?). What I would like to know: what do people think will happen when the thing they need runs out? Do they think about it?

It’s not an idle question. There are about 2,000 rhinos in Assam, according to the Wikipedia report that I linked to above, which is a big improvement from an estimated 366 in 1966, but a long way from what the population once was. It’s highly unlikely that 2,000 rhinos is enough to keep the aphrodisiac market in business for long.

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India is a dump.  We, the United States, have lost quite a number of IT support and call center jobs to India, and yet, they still have these motherfuckers that kill rhinos and tigers that just can’t move to the city and punch a clock while putting on a fake American accent?  If poachers are the minority, than why is it India cannot control it?  Why can’t India adequately police her population?  I’ll tell you why; because the Indian government and the average Indian couldn’t give a damn about either rhinos or tigers.  They, ultimately, are responsible, along with the ****ing Chinese, for the fate of tigers in the wild.  And, I hope the world holds them accountable.
I’ll tell you this; what is India without the magnificent tiger?  It’s just a run-down third world nation of have and have-nots… mostly have-nots… 
It’s about time the poachers become the poached.  I’ve said it before; someone needs to start an armed NGO, backed by world-wide donations, that will go in and enforce protection of animals like the rhinos and tigers of India. 
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