A huge cache of animal meat and carcass was seized by forest department officials with the help of police at Arunachal’s Doimukh check gate in Banderdewa area during checking on Monday.
The confiscated items include carcasses of two barking deer, dried wild boar meat, dried porcupine, jungle fowl, squirrel, farm civet and 15 birds of three different species.
According to reports, the DFO of Banderdewa, HB Abo said that most of the animal carcass was transported in a bus from East Kameng and Pakke Kessang district, while the birds were brought from Hoj village in Doimukh.
All the seized meat and carcasses were destroyed at Kola Camp near Doimukh by the forest officials, while the dried meat of jungle fowl will be sent for testing to a forensic laboratory at PTC, Banderdewa.
Taking note of the rampant selling of wildlife meat from the state, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) urged the state government to take necessary action to prevent such activities.
In May 2019, following a report on EastMojo 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 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.
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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