8PE - Category : Law Abiding Citizen
Sub - Category : Fines And Penalties
According to the Indian constitution, Article 51 (G):
"It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures."
Prior to 1972, hunting was a state subject where rules varied from state to state. Hunting was encouraged as a royal pastime and a sign of machoism, a trait that has travelled down bloodlines.
But in 1972,Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act was enforced which deals with prohibition of hunting, declares, 'No person shall hunt any wild animal specified in Schedule I, II, III and IV.'
Species included in the four Schedules are protected, with each schedule including more than 200 species.
Schedule I, which includes tiger, lion, leopard, elephant, black buck, Tibetan antelope etc is the most protected and Schedule IV the least.
So, obviously punishment meted out varies as per the Schedule the hunted animal belongs to, decreasing with each.
A general offence under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, attracts a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment or a fine which may extend to Rs. 25,000 or both.
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