Registration, ownership certificate mandatory for rearing exotic birds, animals
Thiruvananthapuram: The union ministry of environment and forest has made registration and ownership certificate mandatory for rearing exotic pet birds and animals. The owners must inform the forest department on birth and death of exotic livestock.
People who sell and purchase such creatures are obliged to follow the new rules issued by the ministry. If any exotic bird or animal escapes from the cage, the owner will face legal action.
The ministry of environment and forest directed the states to take immediate action for the welfare of the exotic live species based on the guidelines issued in the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora. As per the new rules, those who own exotic birds or animals should report the matter to the concerned authority.
The CITES is part of a multilateral treaty that includes plant, animals and birds under varying categories of the threat of extinction and which will be jointly protected by members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 187 countries are members of CITES.
The treaty under CITES aims to restrict the illegal trade of animals. Registration is mandatory for all creatures listed as three categories by CITES.
Health card of animals/birds and No Objection Certificate of chief wildlife warden are mandatory for importing the exotic breeds. Those who purchase or sell such creatures must register it.
After confirming the creatures are not suffering from any disease, the owners can hand it over to any zoo.
If any animal or bird escapes from the owner’s residence, chief wildlife warden or related officials must be informed. The exotic breeds should not be allowed to mate with native breeds. If such birds or animals are taken to another state, the owner must inform the matter to the forest department.
People who own exotic birds or animals are advised to register in the following website: www.parivesh.nic.in. Chief wildlife warden of states will issue the ownership certificate.
From African parrot to exotic rats and turtle
In Kerala, over 100 exotic creatures like African grey parrot, various rats, slider turtle, owl etc are being reared by animal and bird lovers. Till date, the forest department received over 150 applications for the certificate.