Landmark conviction in leopard poaching case

A court in Panna (Madhya Pradesh, India) on 25 April 2012 sentenced ten people up to three years in jail for killing a leopard in March 2011. The court also imposed a fine of Rs. 1,000 on each of the accused. “It is a great success for the tiger reserve and the intelligence cell we have set up to check poaching,” said field director, Panna Tiger Reserve, R Sriniwas Murthy. Panna is currently home to more than 70 panthers and 17 tigers. It is claimed that it is the first ever conviction for killing a carnivore.

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