A wildlife crime that was committed in 2004 has finally been put to rest. On the 13th May 2004, Ramu Koli killed a wild tiger by setting up leg traps in the Sariska Tiger Reserve, India. He was finally arrested for this illegal act in April last year, 7 years after he had committed the crime. Because it was Ramu Koli’s first offence, he received the minimum sentence of three years imprisonment and fined 20,000 rupees, around £250.
The prosecution was assisted by Koushal Bhardwaj, a lawyer from the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and TigerTime support and fund WTI, and hope that together we can work towards speeding up the judicial process that surrounds endangered species crime. We need to reduce poaching of tigers if we are to save the wild tiger, increasing the fear of prosecution is one way to do this.