Air gun surrender could be conservation’s silver bullet

What is the news?

Auranchal Pradesh has initiated the program ‘Air gun Surrender Abhiyan’ to check the killing of birds and animals in the region.

What is ‘Air gun Surrender Abhiyan’?

In Auranchal Pradesh, hunting was a seasonal activity and limited primarily to tribal rituals. Post the proliferation of air guns and rifles, found freely in the market, hunting has increased manifold in the state.

To control hunting and conserve wildlife, ‘Air gun Surrender Abhiyan’ was launched to surrender the air guns. Overall, 2,000 weapons have been given up voluntarily since its launch. In return, the person got a certificate of appreciation.

What is the aim of Air gun Surrender Abhiyan’?

The aim is to spread awareness about conservation and check the killing of birds and animals in their state.

Source: This post is based on the article “Air gun surrender could be conservation’s silver bullet” published in The Times of India on 7 September 2021.

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