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IN Animals ON 18 Dec, 2014
Animals are beautiful living beings and deserve to be treated well. Their habitat needs to be preserved just like our homes and over the years poaching activities have increased to a dangerous extent.
Animals are being poached for their skin, meat, horns, eggs, etc. Skin being the most common of all is being used for making belts,purses,coats, and even as luxury home decor. Governments of various countries and countless NGOs are working for welfare of animals.
PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters working on variety of animal right issues, protesting the inhumane destruction of our fauna.
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Tiger poaching in India has a serious impact on the probability of survival of tigers. About 3,000 wild tigers survived compared with 1,00,000 at the turn of the 20th century.
They are being poached across India and their entire range, mostly for their bones and their magnificent skin.The bones are smuggled almost exclusively to China, used in tiger bone wine, a pricey traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) tonic. Tiger skins are used as high end luxury decor.
Illegal rhinoceros horn poaching is one of the major environmental issues, with its body parts such as the toenails and skin having a high value in the Asian medicinal market.
Cobras are commonly poached for their skin to make shoes, purses, belts, etc.
The snow leopard is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. Scientists estimate that there are fewer than 2,500 mature breeding individuals and the species is on the decline.
Sometimes called nilgai, is the largest Asian antelope. It is commonly found in forests of central and northern India.
Blue Bull is mainly poached for meat and its meat is said to resemble beef, but with lower fat content and less flavour.
Peacocks are poached mainly for feathers and meat.In 2013 it was reported that hotels in Mysore were secretly serving peacock meat to selected customers.
Crocodiles are being killed for their skin which is highly appreciated in fashion industry and represents a status symbol for wealthy people.
Sea turtles also suffer from poaching.They are slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells.
They are poached mainly for their skin.
Sadly, despite being venerated as a God and idolised on the big screen as man's best friend, Elephants are poached to a larger extent for Ivory.