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Which animal is most smuggled in India?

Hi everyone,

I recently read an article about wildlife trafficking in India, and it got me thinking about the various animals that are smuggled in and out of my country. I am curious to know which animal is the most commonly smuggled in India.

As someone who cares deeply about wildlife conservation, I find it disturbing that such illegal activities continue to go on, endangering the lives of innocent creatures. I hope to gain some insight into this issue so that I can raise awareness and take action to prevent this from happening.

If any of you have any knowledge or information on this topic, I would greatly appreciate your input. Thank you in advance.

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Hi there,

Based on my personal experience, I believe that the most commonly smuggled animal in India is the pangolin. Pangolins are highly sought after for their scales, which are believed to have medicinal properties. Additionally, their meat is considered a delicacy in certain parts of the country.

I have heard numerous stories of pangolins being smuggled across state borders in tiny cages, often with little food or water. It is truly heartbreaking to think about the suffering that these animals must go through. That's why I believe it's so important to raise awareness about this issue and advocate for stronger laws and enforcement measures to prevent this illegal trade.

I hope this information helps shed some light on the issue of wildlife trafficking in India. If anyone has additional insights or experiences to share, I would love to hear them.


Hi there,

I have been working as a wildlife rescue volunteer for some time now, and I can't stress enough how rampant the illegal wildlife trade is in India. While pangolins, turtles, and Indian Star Tortoises are indeed some of the most smuggled animals, I would like to shed some light on another severely affected species – the Indian Flapshell Turtle.

The Indian Flapshell Turtle is one of the most commonly smuggled freshwater turtles in India. They are smuggled for their meat and their medicinal properties. Their shells are used to produce various items, such as combs, spectacle frames, and accessories.

I have seen these turtles being kept in unhygienic conditions, where they are hardly fed or given enough water. The ones that make it through the journey are sold for their meat in local markets, which is a significant threat to the already declining population of the species.

It's high time we take this issue seriously and work to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade. We need a more diligent and efficient system to deal with these ongoing malpractices.


Hello everyone,

I would like to add my personal experience to this discussion. As someone who has been associated with wildlife conservation efforts for a few years now, I have seen the illegal trade happening with several endangered species. Besides pangolins and turtles, I believe one of the most smuggled animals in India is the Indian Star Tortoise.

The Indian Star Tortoise is smuggled for its high demand in exotic pet trade. Even though it's illegal to trade this species without proper permits, they continue to be smuggled out of the country to feed the booming exotic pet market abroad.

I have seen Indian Star Tortoises being smuggled in shoeboxes, backpacks, and even overhead luggage compartments of trains and flights. They are also commonly stuffed into suitcases or wrapped in cloths, which is incredibly inhumane.

It is truly heart-wrenching to see these innocent creatures being treated this way. We need stricter laws and enforcement to stop the illegal trade of endangered species and reduce their demand in the market.



As someone with knowledge of this issue, I would like to share my personal experience on the topic. While pangolins are certainly one of the most commonly smuggled animals in India, in my opinion, turtles also deserve a mention.

Turtles are often smuggled illegally for their shells, which are highly valuable and used for ornamental purposes. Additionally, there is a market for turtle meat and eggs in certain parts of the country.

I have personally witnessed the illegal sale of turtles in local markets, and it's disheartening to see how easily these creatures are bought and sold like commodities. Many of these turtles are brought in from other parts of the country or even smuggled in from neighboring countries.

It's important that we spread awareness of the harm caused by the illegal wildlife trade and encourage people to report suspected trafficking activities. Together, we can work towards preserving the precious wildlife of our country.

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