Do wildlife crimes against less charismatic species go unnoticed? A case study of Golden Jackal Canis aureus Linnaeus, 1758 poaching and trade in India

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Malaika Mathew Chawla
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9402-5951
Arjun Srivathsa
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2935-3857
Priya Singh
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6069-3257
Iravatee Majgaonkar
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4209-3925
Sushma Sharma
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7097-0454
Girish Punjabi
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5910-2421
Aditya Banerjee
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7710-3583

Abstract

Wildlife crimes pertaining to lesser-known species do not usually garner adequate focus or interest by enforcement and conservation agencies.  Additionally, illegal wildlife trade fuelled by religious beliefs in sorcery and superstition is an oft-neglected field of research.  To draw attention to these two broad issues, we provide a baseline analysis of open-source reports on Golden Jackal Canis aureus poaching and trade in India.  We highlight the pervasiveness of an active local and transnational ‘jackal horn’ trade, which is severely under-reported and insufficiently researched.  News reports and government seizure data reveal that, between 2013 and 2019, 126 skins, eight tails, more than 370 ‘jackal horns’, 16 skulls and two live jackals have been seized.  The demand for the illusionary ‘jackal horn’ appears to be driven by extensive online endorsement and unsubstantiated claims made by religious practitioners, targeted primarily at south Asian markets.  This preliminary study is an urgent call for concerted efforts to monitor the illegal trafficking and trade of this common species, with a particular focus on the demand and supply chains.

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Chawla, M.M., Srivathsa, A. , Singh, P., Majgaonkar, I., Sharma, S., Punjabi, G. and Banerjee, A. 2020. Do wildlife crimes against less charismatic species go unnoticed? A case study of Golden Jackal Canis aureus Linnaeus, 1758 poaching and trade in India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 4 (Mar. 2020), 15407–15413. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.5783.12.4.15407-15413.
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