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India; law; police; bushmeat; delicacies; politician; bill; tribal; forest; habitat
A raid at RJD MP Mohammed Shahabuddin's ancestral home in Pratappur village last week threw up an alarming catch of arms and ammunition, night vision devices, a walkie-talkie and eleven allegedly stolen vehicles. Along with this, the special task force also chanced upon banned wildlife products including one tiger skin, two deer skins and a live deer.
This may seem like a one off occurrence, but it's not the first time India's lawmakers have turned lawbreakers when it comes to natural conservation.
The Indian poli-clique has a long ...
...now something far more disastrous is in the offing, say conservationists. "The proposed Schedule Tribes and Forest Dwellers (recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2005, has plumbed new depths in depravity," said Bittu Sahgal, editor, 'Sanctuary' magazine referring to a bill which aims to hand over forest lands to over 60m 'tribal people'.
The bill will set into motion a "Green Gold Rush", say experts. "Anyone with a tent will start claim...