HC lens on smuggling of birds
Times of India, 05 December 2020
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court has taken suo motu cognizance of the capture and smuggling of Indian birds like parrots and hill mynahs after a report published in a newspaper in this regard. The matter has been listed for hearing as the first case to be heard on Tuesday by the bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee. The advocate general will represent all concerned parties of the state in this matter.
In the newspaper article, published on Wednesday, it had been reported how several indigenous bird species are illegally captured from parts of Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar and then smuggled to large cities like Kolkata and Delhi.
While the trade in exotic bird species, not indigenous to the country, is not banned, sale, purchase or keeping in captivity of Indian birds is illegal under the Wildlife Protection Act. On Friday, the bench observed how all care is taken while trading in exotic species as they are expensive. The poachers take no such care for wild Indian birds as not much is lost even if only 50% of them survive during transit. The court wants to hear all concerned in this matter and fix responsibility.