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Traders compensated for their seized inventory of animal skins in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir officials today began taking inventory of animal skins and fur garments in the State and compensated its owners in a bid to save further killing of endangered animals.

Dachigham (J and K), May 28 : Jammu and Kashmir officials today began taking inventory of animal skins and fur garments in the State and compensated its owners in a bid to save further killing of endangered animals.

"It is a landmark sort of an exercise in terms conservation of wild life animal are concerned. In 1997, the department decided to put a halt to this trade, at that point of time we inventoried about 224 fur traders and inventoried 8.5 lakh garments and skins and that might have consumed about 32 lakh rare and endangered species," said Rasheed Naqash, Wildlife Warden of Central Kashmir.

"Now this is a process of getting the stick back from the fur trader and the Government is compensating them for their trade," he added.

Traders too acknowledged a number of animals were saved from extinction after the government imposed the ban.

"It will definitely help save animals. You must have heard now that wild animals have increased. They are coming from the forests to the valley. This work was done only in Kashmir," said Ghulam Rasool, a fur trader.

A panel of officials and furriers made the inventory, which would be destroyed in public.

The move is envisaged as a positive measure to curb the killings of endangered species that were on the brink of extinction.

Officials say that the amount of fur stocked by traders in the state was valued at 9.42 crores.

The inventory included skins of animals like tiger, leopard, hyena, black bear, deer, hill fox, jackal, civil cat, snow leopard, otter and even mongoose.

ANI

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