PETA asks Forest dept to probe act of keeping peacocks in temples

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Kolkata, Jul 4 (UNI) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked the West Bengal Forest department to probe the matter of keeping peacocks and other endangered species in some temples in the state.

PETA spokesperson Anuradha Sawhney said it was a matter of concern that forest and police officials were not taking action against the act of keeping peacocks as pet in some large temples.

She said peacocks were among the Schedule-1 endangered species and keeping them in confinement, other than in zoos, was violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

She demanded that the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) probe the matter.

She also asked the CCF to confiscate the wildlife and send them to rehabilitation centres.

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