WBCC seizes bird traps

THOUBAL, Dec 14: Volunteers of Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Committee (WBCC), Manipur   seized several bird traps, equipments used in electric fishing, dead and live birds from different areas of Thoubal and Imphal West Districts.
A press release from WBCC said that the bird traps and live and dead birds were seized from Thoubal and Imphal West Districts while equipments used in electric fishing were seized from the bank of Arong River.
Extending gratitude to the personnel of Sekmai Police Outpost, volunteers of Leirongthel Panthoibee Youth Club for their cooperation in the drive, WBCC cautioned that any individual found selling or killing wild birds and animals and felling trees from protected areas will be penalised as per Wildlife Act 1972.
Meanwhile, Unique Wildlife Protection Committee Manipur rescued one Purple  Moorhen (Umu) and a Common Moorhen (Uren) on Friday.
The birds were rescued when they were brought to be sold by some persons at Hiyanglam AC. Smart Universal Academy, Sekmaijin, secretary Nongmaithem Sanjoy Singh bought the birds and handed over them to the Unique Wildlife Protection Committee. The birds were released at a safe place around Loktak Lake, said a statement of the committee.
 UWLPC has also seized about 30 bird traps from the Loktak Lake areas, it said urging all to refrain from laying bird traps in the future.