Rhino poaching rises in Kaziranga National Park, 75 rhinos killed

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This is going to save rhinos from poachers and animal activists are going to have a feel good sort of feeling. Union government has said that the it is going to come out with a central protection force for rhinos.

This is the most important announcement of this sort from the government, aimed especially at protecting rhinos in the north eastern state of Assam.

Prakash Javadekar, India’s Union Environment and Forest Minister has attacked the poachers who have made rhinos almost extinct in the state. To be true this animal was found in huge numbers, but now finding it has become very difficult.

While talking to the media the union minister said the force will be raised soon, mainly to protect rhinos at the Kaziranga National park.

The good thing about the force is the fact that local youths will be integrated in the said force. Expressing concern on poaching, the minister said, the Central government is considering to amend some relevant laws to stop poaching and selling of rhino horns.

Statistics released by the government suggest that at least 75 rhinoceros have been killed by poachers across different forests in Assam since 2013, the Assembly was informed last week.  Assam Environment and Forest Minister Atuwa Munda had said 37 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2013, 32 in 2014 and 6 in this year till March 8.  Poachers have killed 54 rhinos in Kaziranga National Park, while 6 were murdered in Manas National Park and 5 in Orang National Park. Also, four rhinos were killed in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.  During this period, forest guards and security forces have arrested 124 poachers.  Besides, 146 rhinos died due to natural reasons since January 1, 2013 across the state.

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