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Killing of Clouded leopards raises alarm

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TURA, Dec 18 - An online post on social media, showing the killing of two Clouded Leopards � an endangered species of animals � has raised an alarm with citizens condemning the brutal killing for meat.

The post by one S Tigite Sangma, which went viral, was noted by animal rights activists as well as conservationists, who demanded the strictest punishment to the offenders. The post, which included photos and videos, was later removed by the person.

Neofelis nebulosa, or the Clouded Leopard is listed amongst vulnerable species and thus protected under the Wildlife Act. There are less than 10,000 such animals in the world with most being found in the Himalayan foothills, parts of China and South East Asia. The hunting of the leopard is banned in India and in most countries which have a Clouded Leopard population.

�At a time when people are trying to protect these animals, catching them for meat and then posting the same with such pride on social media is unforgiveable,� said Maxbirth G Momin, a member of a Tura-based NGO.

State Forest department officials, who were informed of the matter, immediately alerted the Wildlife staff.

�We are investigating the matter and action will be taken,� assured WGH SP, Dr MGR Kumar.

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Killing of Clouded leopards raises alarm

TURA, Dec 18 - An online post on social media, showing the killing of two Clouded Leopards � an endangered species of animals � has raised an alarm with citizens condemning the brutal killing for meat.

The post by one S Tigite Sangma, which went viral, was noted by animal rights activists as well as conservationists, who demanded the strictest punishment to the offenders. The post, which included photos and videos, was later removed by the person.

Neofelis nebulosa, or the Clouded Leopard is listed amongst vulnerable species and thus protected under the Wildlife Act. There are less than 10,000 such animals in the world with most being found in the Himalayan foothills, parts of China and South East Asia. The hunting of the leopard is banned in India and in most countries which have a Clouded Leopard population.

�At a time when people are trying to protect these animals, catching them for meat and then posting the same with such pride on social media is unforgiveable,� said Maxbirth G Momin, a member of a Tura-based NGO.

State Forest department officials, who were informed of the matter, immediately alerted the Wildlife staff.

�We are investigating the matter and action will be taken,� assured WGH SP, Dr MGR Kumar.

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