Wildlife Feeding Violations: Pune Forest Department Issues Notices

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Pune, 16th May 2024: The Pune division of the forest department has initiated measures against individuals engaging in the feeding of wild birds and animals, particularly those who flaunt these activities on social media platforms.

Following three complaints, the forest department identified and took action against individuals involved in 7-8 cases. Residents of Warje and Kothrud were among those found violating the regulations. Upon investigation, it was revealed that these individuals were unaware of the rules governing such activities. Notices were issued to them by the forest department last Tuesday.

Deepak Pawar, assistant conservator of forest in Pune, emphasized the need for awareness regarding the impact of feeding wild animals and birds. He stressed that it is crucial for people to refrain from petting, feeding, or posting pictures with wild animals on social media platforms.

In India, under Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, actions such as petting, feeding, and repeated interactions with wild animals are considered unlawful. This includes feeding various birds like parrots and mynas, capturing photographs of snakes and pythons, and engaging in activities that portray bravery by handling snakes.

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Aditya Paranjape, a wildlife warden, highlighted the legal framework governing wildlife protection and conservation. He explained that feeding wildlife is prohibited under Section 11 of the Wildlife Protection Act, as it can disrupt natural behaviors and create dependency on humans for food.

The enforcement of these regulations underscores the importance of respecting wildlife and preserving their natural habitats.