Focused on #AntiSnare

I’m fully focused on #AntiSnare at the moment, things are up and running, there’s several elements to it, there will be an update in about ten days. This teaser video was published on YouTube a few days ago, do watch with the sound on. I’m behind in replies to messages, I’ll get there. #AntiSnare is far from just about leopards but leopard poaching is a hell of an issue. In my communications with people I study reaction when the word poaching comes up, some deeply care while at the other extreme there’s barely a hint of care. Then there’s all those in the middle who care in a way but not enough to help. In a world which is becoming more and more divided, it’s returned to a type of tribalism, the sad fact is that all this division and a large degree of selfishness has meant that environmental issues (wildlife crime is an environmental crime) aren’t at the forefront of enough people’s thinking. But for those who do understand and are focused on doing something about it, not just talking about it, keep going, you have to, you make a difference and things can be turned round if we keep trying…

Appended later in the day:

And finally for now, it’s a really busy time and as I say there will be an update in about ten days but I was asked on Twitter after making this post “what is the solution?” …
yes, of course it’s a relevant question and the good news is there are answers, there are things that can be done, there will be more soon on #AntiSnare at the WildTiger site as well as at other platforms (including here) but the real question is if there is the will, both political and social, for these solutions to be implemented. The bottom line is we are not, as the human species, putting enough effort into wildlife protection. So in some ways the easy answer to the original question is “we have to change our attitude” because if we don’t, the loss and consequences will be insurmountable. Even though a lot of disturbing information comes my way every day, I still have hope because the solutions are real and whether I’m in the jungle or at my desk I still firmly believe we can turn this thing round but that attitude change and effort has to be sweeping, it can’t be left to a few…

Appended early 12 July 2020:

Re the posts I made yesterday I got several messages, I thank those for their concern, there’s a lot going on at the moment, I’ll reply when I can. I just hope people understand the extent of the problem and how serious it is. When I say there are daily reports I mean it, these images here are just examples, a ‘man-eater’ leopard shot in Uttarakhand and yet another seizure case in Odisha. There was also an arrest in Karnataka after a man poisoned a #leopard. South Asia is the absolute hotbed in the human and leopard struggle. On that, there is crossover in the way our two projects ‘Living with Big Cats’ and #AntiSnare operate, ,there are a lot of grey areas in wildlife protection, every situation has its own set of dynamics.

Appended 13 July 2020: