efe-epaBy Aanya Wipulasena Colombo

Poachers in Sri Lanka may have killed an estimated 600 wild birds and animals each day amid increased number illegal hunting incidents since the government imposed a countrywide curfew in late March to stem the rise of COVID-19 infections.

The nationwide lockdown has triggered food crisis and unemployment due to a COVID-19 induced lockdown with environmentalists warning that wildlife poaching may have spiked in rural parts of the island nation. EFE-EPA