TRAFFIC reports that trade, transportation, and possession of endangered species will all be considered crimes under legislation proposed by the Kremlin.
Current laws in the Russian Federation, home to many of the world’s remaining tigers, only consider the actual killing of an animal to be a crime. When poachers are stopped carrying animals, or their parts, they can claim they had found the animals dead.
Russia has also announced steps towards more protection of Tiger habitats. The Primorsky region, where 90% of Russian tigers live, has been requested to ensure no commercial timber harvesting takes place in the protected areas and nut harvesting zones. Regional administration has also been ordered to prevent any commercial logging in upper and middle stream of the Bikin River.