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IAS Officer Shares Post on Pet Trade, Warns Wrongdoers

IAS officer Supriya Sahu said that a campaign will be launched in all districts of Tamil Nadu soon. Law will catch up with those who would still violate, she added

Many parrots die while being captured, others have their wings broken or twisted to stop them from escaping. There are many other birds and animals who have to bear such cruelty so that people can keep them as pets. The pet trade of wildlife promotes poaching activities and there are legal provisions against it.

1991 batch IAS officer Supriya Sahu shared an interesting post about a campaign against wildlife crime.

She tweeted, “Its a crime to trap, possess or sell Rose ringed, Alexandrine Malabar and other parakeets as they are protected under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act. However not many people know about this.”

“TN Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is running a door to door campaign in Madurai asking people to voluntarily surrender these pets to the Forest Department so that we can release them safely to free skies after taking due care. About 160 birds have been handed over by people. This campaign will be launched in other districts too. Law will catch up with those who would still violate.”

Netizens started reacting to his post soon after it was posted. One user asked, “How long can caged parrots survive in the wild? With their clipped wings, can they survive from cats and other wild birds? Can these parrots trace back their route to their owner’s homes? If they do, should the owners surrender them back? Will the Govt take care of all the birds?”

To which she replied, “They will certainly be checked for the clipped wings before release. Only those birds that are fit to survive will be released. There is a well laid protocol for that.”

Another user asked her, “Madam I’ve some doubt, I have came across such parrots once domesticated now free, who are not fearful to humans or dogs. How will they protect themselves if released in the wild?”

She replied, “You are right. All birds cannot be released immediately into the wild. The Department has tied up with voluntary agencies to first rehabilitate those which need rehab by putting them in larger centres and then slowly release them.”

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