Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020

Safety, a fur cry







Thing of Joy



A chance encounter with wildlife in any city neighbourhood, like with this Indian grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) at Egmore Government Eye Hospital campus, is a thing of joy. These small mammals which can coexist with humans are mostly seen in residential areas with thick vegetation.




These animals are in great demand among poachers as their hair makes fine paint brushes. Every year, thousands of mongooses are killed illegally across the country to make paintbrushes.





All types of mongoose species found in the country are protected under Schedule II (Part II) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. First time violation may attract ₹25,000 fine and repeated offences may lead to imprisonment up to seven years and/or a hefty fine.





Source: The Times of India, 14 November 2019, Chennai.