llegally trading of baby orangutan in Mumbai

  • | Tuesday | 15th September, 2020

Nagpada police caught two suspects for the involvement in the illegal trade and custody of a baby orangutan, which is missing at the moment. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) approached the authorities with respect to the illegal trade and custody of a baby orangutan.

Nagpada police caught two suspects for the involvement in the illegal trade and custody of a baby orangutan, which is missing at the moment. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) approached the authorities with respect to the illegal trade and custody of a baby orangutan.

Police acted on a complaint by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. “We have booked two persons from Madanpura who may be involved in the illegal trade of the baby orangutan. We had also detained a few persons who have indicated the involvement of the two Mandapura residents. Both persons are likely to be arrested soon and following their interrogation, we will close in on other suspects and the likely location of the exotic species,” said D Chavan, inspector (crime), Nagpada police station.

Orangutans a species of the ape which are found in Indonesia and Malaysia. They are listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and any international trade of any kind is forbidden.

The forest department and PETA India in july, had inspected a suspect’s house in Agripada and confirmed the orangutan’s but before official get to know it was moved. The suspect had fled before he could be caught. 

PETA India later received a complaint about a family from Bandra that had posted pictures of the orangutan on social media. In August, PETA India announced reward of up to Rs1 lakh for any information regarding the animal. The group received information about one of the suspects who had posted videos and photos of various exotic species, including the orangutan, on social media.

Suspect was interrogated by the forest department and Bandra police, a video of some people surrounding and abusing the orangutan was recovered from the suspect’s phone. However, no action was taken against the person. Then case got ransferred to Nagpada police station.



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