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Online Trade Of Pig Tusks: Wildlife Conservationist Raises Red Flag

Bhubaneswar: City-based General Secretary of Snake Helpline, Subhedu Mallik has written a letter to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) highlighting illegal trade of animal parts on the internet.

In his letter addressed to WCCB’s Additional Director Tilotama Varma, Mallik drew her attention towards advertiserments on social media and online platforms for sale of ‘Wildlife Trophies’ such as teeth and tusks.

“I have provided few links and screenshots with URL of the advertisements which serves prima facie to the selling of wildlife trophies which is blatant violation of the Section 39 (1 b) of WL(P)A. Furthermore, it promotes Hunting of Wildlife which is also a violation of Section 9 of the Act. Furthermore, this is certainly an organised crime which warrants Section 120 (B) of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” Mallik’s letter read.

The use of wild pig tooth/tusk to people in various fraudulent write ups which certainly amount to cheating, and is violation of Section 420 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Wild pig or wild-boar (Sus scrofa) is listed under Schedule III of the WL(P)A; however, the Andaman wild pig (Sus andamanensis) is a Schedule I mammal, he added.

Mallik has sought an inquiry into this matter and action against those involved in trading of ‘Shukardant’ or Tusk of wild pigs, online. “The head of operations of the online trading organisations in India should also be booked for abetment of the crime,” he added.

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