The awareness programme in the process
An awareness campaign on Preservation, Promotion and Protection of Biodiversity, Sensitisation of Adi Tribal Community to ban Ritual Hunting was organised jointly by Wildlife Trust of India and Adi Baane Kebang, East Siang District at Kiyit Village community hall under Mebo sub-division, East Siang.
Addressing the meeting, ABK, East Siang unit, General Secretary, Tajing Taki spoke on the aims and objectives of the meeting.
Resource person, Range Forest Officer, Mebo, Obang Tayeng highlighted the issue of the preservation of biodiversity and the implications of destruction of wildlife. Speaking in the meeting, Gaon Burah of Kiyit, Ruklik Pertin called upon all to uphold the resolutions adopted in true spirit.
The meeting adopted a complete ban on selling, using, possession and transportation of Air Guns and its pellets in Adi belt with imposition of heavy fines, to protect Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary by all the community members, adding limitations against destruction of Forest based produces like cane, bamboo and restriction of yearly Tree permit Quota system in Saw Mills by District Administration and Forest department.
The meeting also appealed the district administration for supporting the movement for eradication of Opium, Ganja and IMFL consumption.
All district and block executive members of ABK and ABK WW East Siang, Gaon Burahs, Panchayat Members and villagers attended the meeting.
It was further stressed to the district administration and forest department to book the hunters and illegal traders and punish them accordingly.
The people were motivated to save wildlife as these have an indispensable role in the ecosystems and community leaders were requested to come forward in this regard.
The following laws are being imposed in by the ABK in the Adi belt:
a) Hunting and fishing by way of blasting, poison, electric current are completely banned. A fine of Rs. 25, 000/- will be imposed.
b) Blocking the stream/river by using bull dozer is completely banned. A fine of Rs. 25, 000/- will be imposed.
c) Any person hunting without the knowledge of village community will be imposed a fine Rs. 25,000/-
d) Any person from outside the village who has encroached for hunting and fishing will be imposed fine of Rs. 25,000/-
No animal hunting by gun or air gun. Restrictions on Traditional Hunting
a) Individual, group or sub-group hunting is totally banned
b) No selling and purchasing of hunted animals and birds in Adi belt.
c) Any one found breaking rules will be imposed a fine Rs. 25,000/- or punishment as per forest/Administrative law.
River/Stream (Water body Hunting)
a) Traditional way of trapping through bamboo sticks, basket netting or other form of fishing is allowed 2-3 times a year during festivals. Not open for all but area owners only.
b) Activities like blasting, using electric current, poison, diverting stream or river are totally banned.
c) Fine of Rs. 25,000/- will be imposed and the administration will take action as per law.
Section X Clause 3 of Sub-Clause (c) has also empowered village authorities to check and make strict vigil in their own village
Nine such awareness campaigns have been conducted by WTI and ABK unit across the district.