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Center Releases Regulations For Captive Exotic Wildlife

India, as a party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), has recently implemented stringent measures to regulate the possession and trade of exotic pets. The Living Animal Species (Reporting and Registration) Rules, 2024, issued by the Union environment ministry on February 28, aim to enforce the provisions of the Convention and ensure the protection of endangered wildlife.

Registration of Exotic Pets

Under these rules, individuals possessing exotic pets such as macaws, cockatoos, or various soft-shell turtles are required to register them with the state wildlife department. The registration process involves submitting necessary documentation to the concerned authorities within specified timeframes.

Scope of Regulation

The rules cover animal species listed under CITES, which are deemed endangered or threatened with extinction. Specifically, any living specimens of animal species listed in Schedule IV appended to the Wildlife (Protection) Act fall under the purview of these regulations. However, it’s essential to note that the rules do not apply to wildlife already protected under existing legislation.

Legal Mandates

Section 49 M of the Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act 2022 provides the legal framework for the registration of possession, transfer, and reporting of birth and death of living scheduled animal species. This provision aims to ensure compliance with CITES regulations and enhance accountability among exotic pet owners.

Challenges and Concerns

While these regulations represent a significant step towards wildlife conservation, challenges remain in their implementation. Concerns have been raised regarding the monitoring of exotic pet ownership, particularly in light of inadequate veterinary infrastructure and trained personnel within forest departments.


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