Police have stopped another incident of poaching when they recovered an Indian black scorpion and a green vine snake from a poacher who was arrested in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area. These species are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 that means poacher will be sentenced and fined as well.
Soon after receiving the information that the some endangered species are being used as the source of entertainment in the Karol Bagh market, Police ran to the site and caught the man with snake and scorpion. Police arrested the man and informed Wildlife SOS about the possession of endangered animals.
“We received information about a man in possession of a snake and a scorpion and using them as means of entertainment at a crowded market area in Karol Bagh,” said a police officer. “He was taken into custody and the Wildlife SOS was informed about the matter.”
While talking of captured species, a police officer explained that the green vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) is a green snake found in southern Asia including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam ,and Cambodia. It is mildly venomous snake and majorly eats lizards and frogs. While the Indian black forest is among the one of the most lethal scorpions found in the Indian subcontinent
Despite several programs run by the central government and state government to protect the endangered species, these poaching activities still take place in India.
“Such incidents confirm that poaching and trade of wildlife species goes on right under our nose in the country, despite having a strong legal framework that regulates and restricts the flow of wildlife trade,” Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder of animal welfare helpline ‘Wildlife SOS’, said.
Under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, a poacher held with endangered and protected wild animals, birds or plants can be fined up to Rs 25,000 along with seven years in jail.