Trade, transportation and possession, all of these activities will be considered as crimes under new legislation as proposed by the kremlin during a discussion with WWF.
The world has lost 97 per cent of wild tigers and it’s decimation of the four sub species has been drawn to one of the biggest factors which is tiger hunting. It is estimated that there are only 3,200 of these jungle cats remained in the wild.
According to the law in Russian Federation, a crime upon wildlife can only be appointed when it involves actual killing of an animal. Due to such regulation, poachers who were stopped for animals or their body parts possession were exempted from the law by claiming they had found the animal dead in the first place.
Igor Chestin, CEO of WWF Russia has been playing a big role by getting involved in such development which includes negotiation with the government in order to shelter the tigers as well as other endangered species. Russia has agreed for its Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to prepare the draft law in close cooperation with WWF.
As to point out the issue of the current law which acts as a gateway to the poachers, two men who were found to possess the remains of the tigers might be eligible for an insignificant fine under the current law.
WWF and its partner wildlife monitoring organisation TRAFFIC are currently championing towards increasing the protection of the wildlife and endangered species around the world which also includes rhinos and elephants.
As the demand of these endangered species are soaring high in asia, it has come up to a point which is getting close towards extinction. WWF calls on governments to combat these illegal wildlife trade in order to reduce the demand for endangered species products.
90 per cent of the Russian tigers have been living in the Primorsky region. The regional administration was ordered to fend off any commercial logging and nut harvesting activities within the region of Bikin River.
By the 1940s, the lost of Amur tiger has almost reached to extinction due to hunting. However the subspecies was saved as Russia took the responsibility to provide full protection upon the tigers.
According to the website, By the 1980s, the Amur tiger population had increased to around 500. Continued conservation and antipoaching efforts by many partners – including WWF – have helped keep the population stable at around 400 individuals. In 2010, the Russian Government adopted the Strategy for Tiger Conservation, making commitments to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 and to stiffen punishment for those caught smuggling tiger products.
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