India is planning to identify animal species that are so-called “overpopulated,” classify them as “vermin” and authorize their hunting to reduce man-animal conflicts.
As reported by PTI and published in Mint:
“Once declared vermin, that particular species can be hunted without restriction.
“We had issued a circular in this regard earlier also. In areas where farmers are facing huge problems due to animals, there is a procedure to declare them as ‘vermin’ like blue bull and wild boar for a particular period of time,” said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
“As soon as we get states’ response on this, we will give them permission to decalre such animals as ‘vermin’ for a limited period of time,” he said.
“If implemented, it will apply to wild animals listed in various Schedules of the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) 1972. The provisions to declare wild animals as problem animals are already there in the WPA, the minister said.”