Thursday, October 6, 2022

DC Kiphire bans hunting, trading of wild animals

In compliance with the government’s directives and to protect and conserve the wildlife population in the district, deputy commissioner (DC), Kiphire T. Wati Aier has banned trading and hunting of wild animals and birds under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
In an order, DC stated that all the villages under Kiphire district would strictly implement the ban with immediate effect.
The protection act and government’s directives are as follows: the government of Nagaland has adopted the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 with effect from December 18, 1981, under which hunting of wild animals/birds within the territorial jurisdiction of Nagaland is strictly prohibited.
Under the Act, only exceptions were vermin (eg. certain species of rats) or when permission to hunt is accorded under provisions and reason specified in the Act, other than which, there were no exceptions either in terms of time or species.
The Act also states that any person found guilty of an offense against the Act shall, on conviction be punishable with imprisonment or with a fine or both under section 51 of the said Act and the forest department, government of Nagaland issued Notification No.FOR-1/86 dated April 11, identifying the list of animals/birds whose hunting is banned during the closed seasons.
Further, the deputy commissioner has informed that any person/group of persons acting in violation of the above directives would be liable to be prosecuted under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.