Squirrel Hunting is a Serious Offence!
The Squirrel is in trouble. The future generations might have to be content with pictures of these animals going by the way they are being hunted. In Bangalore alone, more than 10 groups, each consisting of six to 10 members, are learnt to be engaged in trapping them.
This came to light when people from the Animal Rights Fund (ARF), an NGO working for the welfare of animals, spotted one such troupe at Jayanagar in the city. Acting on information given by Praveen and Karthik, residents of Jayanagar, ARF activists Vinay, Vijay and Dr Shivaram rushed to a park on 39th Cross of Jayanagar. They found six members engaged in trapping squirrels. Kiran Kumar, PRO of Animal Rights Fund, said that by the time the activists reached the spot, the troupe had already killed 13 squirrels. “As we tried to catch them, four of them ran away and we succeeded in catching two. They were speaking in Telugu and admitted that they were from Ananthapur in Andhra Pradesh.” During the interrogation, they revealed that more than 10 similar groups were working around the city. The activists seized two traps and a net used to catch and kill squirrels. The group members used a trap in which eatables are placed to lure squirrels. The mechanism is such that as soon as the animal bites the bait, its head gets separated from the body. “The attractive skin of squirrels is used to make dolls and their hair to manufacture paint brushes, which are in great demand all over the world. Squirrels have medicinal value also,” says Kiran.
Killing or ill-treating animals is a serious offence. According to Section 51 of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, persons guilty of killing or ill-treating animals are liable for punishment of three to seven years imprisonment or penalty up to Rs 10,000 or both penalty and imprisonment.
If people are aware of such illegal acts, animals can be saved for the coming generations. People can inform KRUPA, a 24-hour helpline at 080-22224541, whenever they notice any sort of ill-treatment meted out to animals.
(Deccan Herald, June 9, 2006)