Monkey Cull – Himachal High Court Issues Notice To Wildlife Warden

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Shimla: Himachal High Court on Saturday served notice on state Chief Wildlife Warden, the state government, union government and Animal Welfare Board of India over a wild life department memo about issuing of licenses to kill monkeys, wild boars and neelgai in the state.

Taking cognizance of media reports about the wildlife department having issued licenses to farmers for killing monkey, People for Animals, Kasauli and Chandigarh based NGO’s have moved the court citing it to be a violation of the provisions of Wildlife Act, 1972.

The special division bench of Justice RB Mishra and Justice Surjit Singh, who heard the petition gave the respondents a week’s time to file reply and listed the matter for 27 December.

Whereas Khethi Bachhao Sangarsh Samiti, a organization of farmers, has been spearheading a campaign for export of simians and scientific culling where populations of wild animals had outgrown sustainable levels in order to save crops and reclaim farmlands that have been abandoned, many animal rights organizations have been outraged by the chief wildlife warden having permitted issuing of licenses to farmers till 23 December for shooting monkeys, wild boars and neelgai (antelopes).

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

1 Comment

  • Naresh Kadyan says:

    The International Organisation for Animal Protection – OIPA in India and People for Animals (PFA) Haryana chief Naresh Kadyan taken up the matter before Governor, Chief Minister, Home and Election Secretary of Himachal Pardesh that misuse of arms to shot – culling monkey violates the code of conduct enforced during local body and gram panchyat elections, no one can allow to move and demonstrate arms publicly, where as people killed as many as 100 monkeys for no reasons.

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