Smugglers caught with 30 Alexandrine parrots in Jammu

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Approximately 30 Alexandrine parrots who are known for their ability to mimic humans were being illegally transported from Punjab to Jammu on Monday. 

Two smugglers were arrested and they are from Punjab. The police is searching the man who was to receive the consignment for this illegal trade, said Amit Sharma, wildlife warden- Jammu. 

All 12 species of parakeets, including the Alexandrine, are protected under Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.

Sharma said that they got a tip and a wildlife team checked a passenger bus which was coming from Punjab on Sunday night. 

The Alexandrine parakeet is listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because of its steep population decline in its native range due to habitat loss, persecution and excessive capture to cater to the demands of the illegal wildlife trade.

The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted for protection of plants and animal species. Before 1972, India only had five designated national parks. Among other reforms, the Act established schedules of protected plant and animal species; hunting or harvesting these species was largely outlawed. The Act provides for the protection of wild animals, birds and plants; and for matters connected therewith or ancillary or incidental thereto. 

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