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Seizure of bird trapping nets continues

Source: Imphal Free Press.

THOUBAL | Oct 1 : In a continuous drive against bird trappers, three bird trapping nets were seized today from the Wetlands in between Langmeidong and Thongnaojam villages by beat officer, N. Brojen Singh and staff of Waikhong Forest Beat Office under the supervision of range forest officer, Kakching, N. Munal Meitei. Speaking to IFP, N. Munal Meitei stated that with the onset of the winter season, migratory birds start coming to our state mainly from the cold regions of the Northern hemisphere after travelling a long but very difficult journey. Many of the birds die en-route due to natural calamities like cyclones, rains and even due to difficult highland terrains while several of them die also due to collision with high- tension power lines and mobile towers amongst others, he said. “After such a long but difficult journey, few of them could reach our state but some of our hunters are mercilessly trapping and killing such our lovely visitors for some of their personal benefits,” he continued adding that many people also demand the meat of the birds without any reason. While stating that these migratory birds are the property of the whole nation and every one of us are the owners and we have the full right to protect them, N. Munal Meitei further informed that Section 39 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 describe the wild animals and birds to be the property of the Government and trapping, selling, trading and transportation of these wild animals and birds is a punishable offence. He also stated that as a regular routine, they have started raiding all the wetlands in the district randomly at any moment. “Today, the trappers could not be arrested but the owners of the paddy fields were given strict warnings for not giving prior information to the Forest Department for such illegal activities in their paddy fields. Next time, they will be fixed the responsibility for the wildlife crime,” he said. N. Munal Meitei further made a public appeal to help to save the wild animals and birds, and to give our beautiful friends a chance to live freely amongst us.