#AntiSnare – It’s not just about locating snares, it’s the whole process and attitude which is a huge problem…

This particular case (image above) was/is bloody infuriating, it happened on our doorstep and has kept me awake at night because it pretty much sums up the whole situation. Quoting from Tufan Neupane’s recent article (link at bottom of this post): “Seizure of tiger pelts and bones in Kailali in 2018 with those accused. Six of the eight arrested were Indian, and released on bail by a district court. They immediately escaped to India.” Case collapse is something we monitor closely particularly with regard to leopard, it’s not just a problem in Nepal because South Asia has serious issues which are in fact reflected globally, every single of nation on earth could do better combating wildlife crime. That reflects on citizens everywhere, it reflects on OUR generations, it reflects on YOU and ME. There is tiny minority fighting our guts out but as a collective, to be honest, the effort is still not good enough.
There is hype that tiger numbers have stabilized in some countries but as I mentioned yesterday, the initial population base was so low it is far too early to be popping champagne corks. So if some time this month I post the scenario, and this could happen despite best efforts to stop it, that Kunjok Lama has been released on bail, what will happen? As I also said yesterday, wildlife, especially big cats will die, something which is already happening. There are so many people who could be doing more to help but most will treat the scenario with stupid little sad faced emojis. As I also tweeted yesterday we have to minimize the chance of Lama being released but we have to treat the whole problem with much more effort. If you don’t understand why by now, then please, go crawl back under the rock you are hiding under, there’s been more than enough awareness, there is not enough listening followed by support/action. In their recent report on the snare crisis in South East Asia, WWF were right, the solutions go well beyond locating snares. The problem goes well beyond SE Asia, it is our treatment of wildlife in general. The article from Tufan is ‘Lax laws make Nepal haven for tiger poachers’ with link HERE and the full WWF report (SE Asia snare crisis) can be linked from HERE but before you read them first go back and look at those tiger skins seized in Kailali, we are all responsible for that and the fact justice is not getting done in so many cases. So how the hell do those of us fighting this stuff carry on?
In a pissed off manner that the world is not really listening, people and governments including many, many orgs and individuals who could be doing more, that’s how…

Appended:

So just one final word on this for now, as a can of worms is opening regarding this whole situation, this collage is also from Tufan’s article (see above) with the caption “Konjuk Lama was named in numerous seizures of tiger parts in Nepal and India, and was finally caught in Kathmandu on 25 June. But like high profile smugglers caught in the past, he may be released soon by Nepal’s courts.”
The key to all this now, as the accused seeks bail by petitioning the high court, is the right people in the right places do their job. WildTiger remains committed in our efforts to help make that happen. The lives of many leopards, tigers and other wildlife are at stake…