The Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has called for voluntary disclosure of the exotic live animals in their possession before December 2 and complete the registration process with the Department of Forest before December 15.
In a note issued here today, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests disclosed the deadline set by the Ministery would end for voluntary disclosure on December 2 and for applying for final registration by December 15, 2020. All those who are registering during this period will not be required to produce documents relating to imported live animals in their possession. And those registering after December 15, 2020, are required to submit all the documents.
It is informed that the registration of imported live animals is to be done online in the PARIVESH website of Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, in the prescribed format. Once the applications are uploaded, the Forest Department will verify the exotic live animals and issue registration of the stock of exotic live animals against the name and address of the applicant, as per the eligibility, by December 15, 2020.
The Telangana Forest Department requests all the persons and organizations having exotic live animals in their possession to register their application with the Chief Wildlife Warden, Telangana on PARIVESH site on or before December 2, 2020.
It may be recalled that the Ministry has issued an advisory to this effect on July 2, 2020, as a large number of exotic live animals are kept as pet animals by various individuals, Organization, Institutions, Resort owners etc. Apart from this, there are instances of individuals, shops, business houses, breeding exotic live animals and selling them in the market. Since, exotic animals are not listed in any of the Schedules of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Forest Department in all the States & Union Territories was not in a position to monitor the possession or sale of exotic live animals in the State.
Hence, in order to regulate the possession, breeding and trading of exotic live animals, the Government of India issued an advisory on 2nd July 2020 to Chief Wildlife Wardens of all the States & Union Territories to register the individuals, Organization, Institutions, Resort owners etc.