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Peacock is shocked in India : ban its feathers trade -Naresh Kadyan

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The Ministry of Environment and Forest ( Govt. of India ) proposed ban on Peacock feathers........


Nearly 50 years after declaring it India’s national bird, the Centre has finally woken up to the cause of the peacock.

The Environment Ministry on Monday said it would ban the trade, sale and transport of peacock feathers, popularly known as morpankh. It would amend Sections in the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, that prohibit killing of the endangered species but allow domestic trade in feathers on the assumption they are naturally shed.

For long, there have been demands for banning the trade of peacock feathers. “However, the Ministry is now alarmed that the demand for the feathers, tail feathers in particular, far outstrips the supply. This is leading to rampant poaching and killing of the national bird,” an Environment Ministry official said.

The Ministry now proposes to amend Section 43(3)(a) and Section 44 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, relating to the transfer and sale of peacock tail feathers. It is intended to prevent the illegal trapping and killing of the national bird for its tail feathers.

Currently, the Act prohibits the killing of peacocks as well as export of tail feathers or articles made from the bird. However, the Act allows domestic trade in feathers or articles under the assumption that these are naturally shed.

Following the amendment, Section 43(3)(a) and Section 44 will no longer exempt those possessing a certificate of ownership for peacocks from transferring or selling tail feather and articles or trophies made from them. While a comprehensive ban on the sale, transfer and trade of peacock feathers would be imposed, the Ministry has invited suggestions and objections so as to come out with an ordinance for amendments. “The issue is likely to be finalised within a month,” sources said.

Over the years, wildlife activists have been raising an alarm over the rapidly dwindling peacock population. Though one cannot hazard a guess about the exact number, the official said it is understood India has lost more than half its peacock population since Independence. Peacock was declared India’s national bird in 1963, but the Government is yet to conduct a peacock census.

Peacocks are poached for numerous reasons, be it for their meat or feathers. Feathers of the male peacock are generally in much demand. “There’s also this belief among many that keeping peacock feathers at home brings good luck,” the official added.

Environment contamination and peacocks being killed on the belief that its body fat serves medicinal purposes are also among the reasons for the rapidly declining population of the national bird.

Peacock is a National bird in India and protected under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 but as per section 44 of this act, peacock feathers trade is allowed, Why demand of its trophy?. The International Organisation for Animal Protection - OIPA in India and People for Animals ( PFA) Haryana compaigning for protection of Peacock, who is shocked now in India.

Her Excellency,
It is humbly submitted that the International Organisation for Animal Protection - OIPA is an Italy based organisation duly affiliated with the United Nation since 1992 and undersigned representative of OIPA in India. We have observed many errors in the legislation's for animals in India....such as :
- The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 is a toothless legislation with miner punishments, offenses under section 11 partly and 12 are the cognizable in legal terms, where as offenses under this act should be cognizable / non bailable along with strong punishments, new legislation for exotic birds and animals may kindly be introduced along with legislation for dog breeders / fish aquarium as well.
- National Cattle Commission report, 2002 may kindly be implemented, which is lying in the dust bean of the union Agriculture Ministry.
- Padam's award has been given to the tainted people like Saif Ali Khan and others, all Padama awards may kindly be withdrawn from these tainted peoples and Padama awards may kindly be given to the people involved in selfless service for animal rights and their welfare every year.
- Peacock is a National bird, protected under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 but under section 44 of this act, peacock feathers trade is allowed which attract poaching, creating demand of the peacock feathers. OIPA in India appeal you to imposed ban on the trade of peacock feathers, act may kindly be amended / ordnance may kindly be issued till then amendments in the WP Act, 1972.
- The Govt. of India banned five wild species Tiger, Lion, Panther, Bear and Monkey in 1998, all four wild animal species are rescued and released in their rescue centres but dancing Monkey left unattended to perform in the streets / roads in captivity. It would be pertinent to mention here that dancing bear rescued / purchased from the criminals, offenders of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 with out taking any legal actions against all offenders. OIPA in India appeal you to please pass appropriate orders to look in to all points raised above.
- Jammu and Kashmir enjoying special status under constitutional provisions as per article 370 and legislation's for animals made out by the Govt. of India are not implemented / enforced over there in Jammu and Kashmir due to 370, where as 370 might be for other political reasons believed by human beings then why animals are sufferings.....double standard for animals in India?.
- Langur being an wild animals also protected under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1970 but OIPA in India observed that Langur's are hired to keep away bonnet monkeys from the premises of the Indian Parliament, local courts along with many other Institutions, where as this is an offense and both promoter of crime and so called owner of the animals / accused may kindly be booked under relevant legal provisions, read with 120-B.

नरेश कादयान
अध्यक्ष,पीपल्स फॉर एनिमल हरियाणा,
Naresh Kadyan
अंतरराष्ट्रीय पशु रक्षा संगठन के भारतीय प्रतिनिधि
Representative of the International Organization for Animal Protection in India,
Chairman, PFA Haryana
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