New Delhi: The Amur falcon, a tiny majestic bird from the raptor family is being poached in thousands in North East India. The small raptors arrive in North East India from Siberia en route to their final destination in Southern Africa, stopping briefly in Nagaland where they are poached in huge numbers.
Activists have caught on camera, how the birds are trapped, then the injured birds are kept alive in mosquito nets so they can be exported alive to the customers and international markets.
From cane baskets, the birds are transferred to poles for ease of carrying into villages and towns. Activists who have filmed the massacre say the scale of killing is unprecedented. Conservation groups estimate that a mind-boggling 120,000 to 140,000 birds are being slaughtered in Nagaland every year during their passage through the state.
India is a signatory to the Convention on Migratory Species which means it is duty-bound to protect these birds. Will the Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan step in to ensure that the birds have a safe passage through India?