625 tigers were poached in India in the last 19 years. This makes over a fourth of the 2359 tigers poached worldwide. India also leads in incidents of tiger poaching globally. The big cat is prized for its skin bones, claws and teeth.

Most of the tiger poaching incidents worldwide were concentrated in Asia.While India is among the top 3 countries by number of convictions, but on average tiger poachers get away with a jail term of a little over 3 years.However, an average jail term for poaching incidents in China is about 9 years.

India can reduce poaching by strengthening laws against poaching, monitoring captive facilities, reduce demand & consumption of tiger parts. There are nearly 4000 tigers in the world . In the latest tiger census, India claims to have over 2900 tigers.