A conference on illegal wildlife trade being held in London is an opportunity for governments to tackle the issue that threatens existence of species like elephants, rhinos and tigers, a global wildlife agency said today.
China has finalised two separate agreements with India and Russia to step up protection of tigers and other endangered species, the state-media reported Tuesday.
Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said there is evidence that some wildlife crime syndicates are linked to terror groups.
Besides driving many endangered species towards extinction, illegal wildlife trade strengthens criminal networks.
India and the US have decided to join hands to tackle illegal wildlife trade, which involves billions of dollars annually.
India remains a "lucrative target" in the USD 20 billion illegal trade of wildlife articles per year, an official document says.
Day in Pics: 30th August
August 30, 2014
Famous Ganesh Pandals in Mumbai