Guwahati, Dec 19 (PTI) The Chief Justice of India S A
Bobde on Saturday said people involved in illegal wildlife
trade are also indulging in other unlawful activities like
drug and gun trade, and suggested engaging agencies like CBI
and ED to stop them.
At a function organised by the Judicial Academy, Assam
and WWF here, the Chief Justice of Supreme Court said keeping
the law is important to protect wildlife from illegal trade.
"People who are in the trade of wildlife are also into
illegal trade of other items like narcotic drugs, guns and
other unlawful international trade.
"It''s extremely dangerous to know that the money from
wildlife trade runs into other trade. I suggest that premier
agencies like CBI and ED get involved in this," he said.
The nature lives in a self sustaining system and that is
why it needs to be preserved, he said.
Bobde, however, expressed apprehension over putting
entire blame of damage to the nature on human being and cited
examples of dinosaur and other species who got extinct when
there was no presence of mankind.
"But still, we should take the blame for their extinction
directly or indirectly. There are beautiful forests in the
country to be preserved," he added.
Bobde said animals played an important role in the
civilisation after their domestication and the history of
civilisation is a history of relation between mankind and
"Mechanisation has weakened this association with
animals. The reduction of dependence on animals has led to
ignorance for their protection.
"We should and must restrict the use of scientific
invention to protect the nature," he added.
The CJI favoured complete restriction on usage of guns
in the country by strict implementation of licence policy.
"I read that 350 new species were discovered in India
and 22 of them have gone extinct. It''s disturbing.
"We hope that those who put down the nature
indiscriminately will be put down someday," Bobde said.
Speaking on the occasion, Supreme Court Judge Hrishikesh
Roy said there is a shortage of manpower in forest for their
protection and preservation.
"Forest camps where guards stay have very rudimentary
facilities. Unless we bring the communities around, we won''t
get the success," he added. PTI TR
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