New Age Poachers Find WhatsApp As The Way To Reach Customers [News]
22 May 2014
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If poaching wasn't already a frowned upon practice across the world, poachers and traders are getting involved with cyber trade with the coming age. A recent article published an interaction with a Jackal trader on Whatsapp, who almost agreed to meet the journalist and strike a deal for seling jackal cubs for about Rs 35,000/-
What is surprising is that the trader was initially quite skeptical, the sort of behaviour you would expect from such individuals. He was insisting that the reporter can only approach him with a reference from someone who is a mutual friend. But he eventually gave in and agreed to meet the reporter at a public place in Chennai.
Some paranoid insight ultimately led him to cancel on the meeting and allegedly postpone for a few days. Following this apparent hiatus, certain reports for animal welfare were filed against him under PETA and PFA. Some organizations retorted with slapping the nameless individual with a fine of Rs 25,000/- as soon as his identity is revealed.
Such cases are not unheard of in tropical countries like India, where there is a plethora of flora and fauna to trade with. If they are up to date with technology the only solution is for control authorities to monitor them in the same paradigm.
Please share with us any of such cases you come across to increase public awareness.