Seven exotic primates, drugs seized in southern Assam

Source: The post is based on the article “Seven exotic primates, drugs seized in southern Assam” published in The Hindu on 16th November 2022

What is the News?

The police in southern Assam have seized seven exotic primates and narcotic drugs worth ₹10 crores.

What are Exotic Animals?

Exotic live species are animal or plant species moved from their original range (location) to a new one. These species are introduced to a new location most often by people.

What do exotic animals include?

According to the Government of India advisory, the phrase “exotic live species” includes “animals named under the Appendices I, II and III of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” and “does not include species from the Schedules of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972”. 

What are the guidelines issued for exotic species?

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What are the provisions related to the illegal trade of animals?

Illegally traded exotic animals are confiscated under Section 111 of the Customs Act, 1962 which is read with the provision of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Foreign Trade Policy (Import-Export Policy) of India.

Also, Sections 48 and 49 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 prohibit trade or commerce in wild animals, animal articles or trophies.

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