Pune Forest Department Takes Legal Action After Rescuing Parrots from Aundh Residence

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Aundh, 5th July 2024: The Maharashtra Forest Department has taken legal action against a citizen after rescuing three Alexandrine Parakeets that were kept in a small cage in a house located in the Aundh area. This action was initiated jointly by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Forest Department. The rescued parrots have been placed in a medical treatment centre, and a crime has been registered against the concerned citizen.

Recently, PETA received a complaint regarding the confinement of parrots in cramped and unhygienic cages at a residence in Aundh. Upon receiving the complaint, the organization collaborated with the Maharashtra Forest Department and conducted a visit to the concerned premises. The rescue team discovered three parrots in poor health conditions. The rescued parrots are currently under the care of the RESQ Charitable Trust Wildlife TTC (Treatment Transit Centre) in Bavdhan. Sunayana Basu, coordinator for PETA, stated that the parrots will be released back into the wild once they have regained their health.

Under the Wild Life (Protection) Act of 1972, parrots are classified as protected wildlife species, making it illegal to buy, sell, or possess them. Violations of this law can result in a fine of up to Rs 1,00,000 and imprisonment for up to three years. PETA advocated for legal action against the individuals involved in the Aundh case, leading to the Forest Department filing a forest crime report against the responsible citizen.