- UN Environment India and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has launched an awareness campaign ‘Not all animals migrate by choice’.
- The campaign aims at creating awareness and garnering public support for the (a)protection and conservation of wildlife (b)prevention of smuggling and (c)reduction in demand for wildlife products.
- The campaign also complements worldwide action on illegal trade in wildlife through UN Environment’s global campaign called as Wild for Life.
- In the first phase of the campaign (a)Tiger (b)Pangolin (c)Star Tortoise and (d)Tokay Gecko have been chosen as they are highly endangered due to illegal trading in International markets. Phase two will see more threatened species.
- Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to combat organized wildlife crime in the country.
- Under Section 38 (Z) of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, it is mandated to collect and collate intelligence related to organized wildlife crime activities and to disseminate the same to State and other enforcement agencies.It is also mandated to establish a centralized wildlife crime data bank.
- It also assists the Customs authorities in inspection of the consignments of flora & fauna as per the provisions of the Wild Life Protection Act, CITES and EXIM Policy governing such an item.
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