KARNATAKA

An advocate for tiger farming

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, S. Parameshwarappa, on Monday asserted the need for allowing tiger farming in the country.

Speaking after releasing a book “Glimpses of Indian Wildlife”, written by the former IFS official, B.M.T. Rajeev in the city, Mr. Parameshwarappa said: “Conservation of wildlife, including tigers, should be taken up as an enterprise.”

“Through tiger farming, their products could be sold to countries like China where there is a demand. The money that is generated from this commercial venture can be invested back into conservation,” he said.

Then and now

He recalled how tigers were being killed till 1930 in Karnataka, and the persons who killed them were in fact awarded Rs. 35 for every tiger killing.

Mr. Parameshwarappa recalled that a tiger was killed in Chitradurga district in 1953. “The person who killed it was taken in a procession along with the body of the tiger on the streets. If it had happened today, that person would have been in jail,” he said.

Appreciation

Appreciating the book, he said: “Although I was supposed to jointly author this book with Mr. Rajeev, I could not continue because I had other things on hand. Mr. Rajeev has done a good job.”

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