Bavadamn, L. (2007, August 21). As a hugely profitable business the world over, illegal trade in wildlife is growing while the rate of conviction for the crime remains low. Hindu Times Vol:24 Iss:18. [Online]. Available: http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=20070921504612200.htm&date=fl2418/&prd=fline& [2008, February 7].
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WHEN actor Salman Khan was convicted of killing chinkaras and sent to jail in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, there was jubilation and triumph among those who pursued the case. Added to this was a sense of relief that a wildlife-related crime had finally resulted in conviction. Of course, there were others who felt it was nothing more than the targeting of a celebrity. This was clearly a mistaken notion because it was not Khan per se who was at the centre of the issue. The real issue was his a ct of hunting and killing endangered wildlife. The jubilation over the conviction, however, was short-lived because the actor managed to secure bail.
The rate of convictions for illegal hunting and trade in wildlife is extremely low. The accused often get away not because they are innocent but because of shoddy follow-up actions and provisions in the law.