Poachers pose new threat to Bengal tiger cubs

had been unaware of illegal trade in tiger cubs. Adult tigers are prized for their skins and their body parts are used in traditional Asian medicine.

 

“We have had reports of tigers being killed by poachers. But this was the first time we saw that they were captured alive,” said Reaj Morshed, programme officer at the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB).

 

Security forces arrested a man and his mother for collecting the cubs and keeping them until the animals could be smuggled out of the country. Each cub was priced at 2 million taka($24,400). Since the rescue the government has tightened laws for smuggling tiger cubs and imposed a seven-year sentence and a fine of 500,000 taka fine.

 

Sundarbans forest guards will also be equipped with new guns and trained to curb poaching and smuggling.

 

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