The letter issued by the CCF of Central Arunachal Circle in Pasighat to the Yingkiong DFO over the issue Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: A day after a report was filed by EastMojo on a video showing several wild animals and birds being put up for sale at Shimong village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Siang district, the chief conservator of forests (CCF) of Central Arunachal Circle has released a strongly-worded letter to the divisional forest officer (DFO) of Yingkiong over the issue.

In the letter, CCF Gulab Singh instructed the DFO to seize all the wild animals, apprehend the culprits and take strong action as per provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

The CCF of the Central Arunachal Circle also expressed disappointment over the display of wild animals including civets, mongoose, barking deer, flying squirrel and pheasants, among others, at public places without the fear of the forest department. Interestingly, flying squirrels and pheasants are endangered species.

On Wednesday, EastMojo highlighted how a video of a ‘merciless and regressive’ hunting practice followed by the Adi community of Arunachal Pradesh was going viral on social media.

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In the video, which was apparently shot in the Shimong village of Upper Siang district, onlookers are seen checking out several birds and animals killed by locals as part of the Unying Aran festival.

Here’s the video:

Unying Aran is basically a hunting festival followed by the Adi tribesmen. It is the first festival of the Adi ‘new year’. During the festival, locals hunt for community feasting and also to sell.

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Some of the animals that are seen in the video include rats, civets, mongoose, barking deer, flying squirrels, khaleej pheasants and red pheasants. Incidentally, pheasants and flying squirrels are endangered species, with the latter found only in Andaman & Nicobar and Arunachal Pradesh.

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