Yingkiong: Arunachal Pradesh Forest and Environment Minister Mama Natung on Thursday called upon wildlife hunters in the state to stop looking at birds and animals as a source of meat and instead join the government’s ‘Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan’ in protecting them.

“We need to change our mindset of looking at birds and animals only as a source of meat, as hunting isn’t a necessity in today’s date. We also need to understand the important role that wildlife plays in balancing the environment,” Natung said.

The minister was addressing a gathering on the sidelines of the ‘Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan’ programme at the multi-purpose community hall here. The ‘Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan’ is an initiative of the state government to dissuade hunting and create awareness on the ill effects of killing wildlife. More than 2,000 airguns have been surrendered by the people of the state under the initiative so far. Air guns are commonly used by people to hunt birds.

The minister thanked the 285 locals of the Upper Siang district who surrendered their airguns on the day.

Echoing Natung, Health and Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang also stressed the importance of maintaining ecological balance and the need to preserve and protect the faunal biodiversity of the district for the next generations.

He also stressed the tourism potential of the district and such conservational efforts which would help the same.

Among others, Mariaang-Geku MLA Kanggong Taku, Upper Siang deputy commissioner Taper Pada, superintendent of police Jummar Basar, ZPC Lumgeng Litin, HoDs, and PRI members were present in the event organized by the forest and environment department.

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