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Wildlife Crime Control Bureau(WCCB) and Barasat Forest Range have rescued a live pangolin in Kolkata.
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB)
- It is a statutory multi-disciplinary body. It functions under the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Its responsibilities include combating organized wildlife crime in the country.
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Functions: Under Section 38 (Z) of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, it is mandated to:
- Collect intelligence related to organized wildlife crime activities. And to circulate it to the States and other enforcement agencies for immediate actions, to catch the criminals.
- Establish a centralized wildlife crime data bank.
- Coordinates with foreign authorities and international organization to facilitate universal action on wildlife crimes.
- Build capacity of the wildlife crime enforcement agencies for scientific and professional investigation into wildlife crimes.
- Assist State Governments to ensure success in prosecutions related to wildlife crimes.
- Advise the Government of India on issues relating to wildlife crimes having national and international ramifications, relevant policy, and laws.
- It also assists and advises the Customs authorities in inspection of the consignments of flora & fauna as per the provisions of Wild Life Protection Act, CITES, and EXIM Policy governing such an item.
Source: The Hindu