Hunting and killing wildlife a crime under provision of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972

Government of Manipur on April 30, 2020 issued a public order, to communities of valley and hills on voilation of wildlife crimes in hunting and killing of wild animals in Manipur.

The order pointed out cases of wild animals carcasses posted on social media without much heed to Wildlife Protection Act and the seriousness of the offence.

Section 9 (Chapter-III) of the wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 prohibits hunting and killing of wild animals including birds.

The state directive authorises any Police not below the rank of Sub-inspector to prevent and investigate with rights to search, arrest, detain suspects and accused under the Act.

Violators can be imprisoned for a term of 3 years or fine upto 25000/- or both.

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