Ban hunting wild animals & birds, AAPSU urges GoAP

ITANAGAR, Dec 28: Taking note of rampant selling of wildlife meat in local markets, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has urged the state government to take necessary action.

Hinting at tendency of hunters to sell meat in festive season, AAPSU president Hawa Bagang stressed on urgent need to prevent such practice, in a release on Monday.

The AAPSU had also sought strong action in the past and had raised the issue in 2018 during consultative meeting of all CBOs & all political parties. The meeting taking serious note had advocated ban on rampant slaughtering of mithun,  killing and selling of wild animals and birds in the state in letter and spirit.

The Union learnt that a deer is sold for about Rs 20,000 to Rs 25000 or small birds for about Rs 1000, which is an easy way of earning while luring more people to hunt wildlife, which should be checked and prevented.

Bagang called for collective approach and GoAP efforts to dissuade people at community level to discourage locals from hunting by involving the CBOs and the AAPSU, ban open selling and slaughtering of mithun except for traditional and customary purposes.

This should be followed by immediate stringent actions against all those involved in hunting of wild animals and birds under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and other regulations. Moreover, fast track courts should be set up to try all cases, the release added.

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