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Tiger meet: China may use India’s absence to have its way

Tiger conservationists are worried that China may get its proposal on international convention not being applicable to domestic tigers through, as most Indian government officials would be busy attending a meeting called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

delhi Updated: Mar 04, 2010 11:43 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Tiger conservationists are worried that China may get its proposal on international convention not being applicable to domestic tigers through, as most Indian government officials would be busy attending a meeting called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

On March 18, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Fauna and Flora will discuss a Chinese proposal that the convention cannot be applicable to its domestic wildlife including tigers.

China has been seeking to lifting a ban on the trade of tiger body parts within the country, a move strongly opposed by India, the country with the largest tiger population in the wild.

Lifting the ban allow China to trade body parts of its 5,000 captive tigers.

Environment ministry officials said China was “lobbying hard” to ensure its proposal is accepted.

“We took a lead in opposing a similar Chinese proposal at the last meeting of the convention in Hague,” said an official.

The PM has called a meeting of National Board for Wildlife on March 18, in which conservation and protection of tigers and other wildlife species are likely to be discussed.

Senior environment ministry officials are in a dilemma as they cannot afford to miss either of the meetings.