Kerala Congress (M) demands amendment to Wildlife Protection Act

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Kozhikode: The district leadership of Kerala Congress (M) has demanded to amend the Wildlife Protection Act, which was framed decades ago and is now “considered outdated and inhumane.” The demand was made at a recent meeting in Kozhikode, presided over by district president TM Joseph.

The meeting discussed various issues related to wildlife protection, including increased compensation for damages caused by wild animals, installation of fencing, declaration of wild boars as vermin, permission to hunt and deport wild animals whose breeding is higher than the national average, granting gun licences to all applicants without delay, and appointing of more staff in range offices facing wild animal attacks.

The party has also planned a protest meeting on April 24 in Kozhikode. The meeting aims to demand action on these issues.

The demand for amending the Wildlife Protection Act has raised concerns among wildlife activists, who argue that it plays an essential role in protecting species and their habitats. However, the party leaders argue that the Act needs to be updated to ensure that it is effective in protecting wildlife while also taking into account the needs of the people living in the affected areas.

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