Wednesday, 10 June 2015

NEWSLINK: Pesticides killed 5 tigers in 3 years in UP forests

Tigers in Uttar Pradesh are falling prey to pesticides. Five big cats were found dead in different parts of Pilibhit and Lakhimpur Kheri forests between May 2012 and April 2015. Samples of their carcasses tested positive for organochlorene pesticides, including DDT.
“Organochlorene pesticide, especially DDT, was found in the viscera of all the five tigers brought here for tests between May 2012 and April 2015. The tigers consumed the pesticides that led to their death,” said sources at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI).
However, there is still no clarity on how the pesticides reached the tigers. Unconfirmed reports say tantriks may be using pesticides to kill tigers to get whiskers of the dead animal to use in occult practices.

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