Bhubaneswar, December 5 (LocalWire): The State is witnessing online internet-surfing trade of wildlife, particularly pangolin, an animal accorded protection under schedule-1, wildlife protection act, officials said on Thursday.
The State forest department has sought Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB)’s intervention to curb the online smuggling of pangolin, that spreads across to South-East Asian Countries.
“The department has elicited evidence of online trade of pangolin to foreign countries after a recent interception of a wildlife crime in Khuntuni forest range of Athgarh forest division in Cuttack district”, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest wrote in a letter to WCCB on Wednesday.
The protected species which are believed to posses curative medicinal values are being smuggled to states like Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
The smuggling network is also spread across to South East Asian countries like Myanmar and Vietnam, the letter said.
The smuggling network is being operated through online internet surfing.
Therefore web-patrolling needs to be intensified in close coordination of the forest departments of various States, the letter added.
There is ample proof of wildlife trophy smuggling from Odisha to neighboring countries.
There in the need for close coordination between the State wildlife crime control cell and WCCB.
Besides the crime branch of State police has a role to play in cracking wildlife offences in a coordinated way, said senior forest officials.