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Friday, August 22, 2008

Kamptee, India A Source of Illegal Wildlife Trade

Here's some information off the beaten path. Kamthi (previously spelled Kamptee) is a city and a municipal council in Nagpur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra

The seizure of 12 deer antlers (6 pairs) from a car at Kamptee octroi post by city police late Tuesday night proves that Nagpur continues to be major centre for of illegal trade in wildlife parts....

In India, collection of even shed antlers was banned in May 1998.

Before the ban, Kamptee was a hub of antler trade in India with states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa as the main collection centres. Earlier, 300 tonnes of shed antler products were allowed to be exported from four ports...

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