Operation ‘Clean Art’ is launched to crackdown on illegal trade in mongoose hair. It is the first pan India operation.
The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has put Uttar Pradesh under strict vigilance as part of its ‘Operation Clean Art’.
About Operation Clean Art
It was conceived by WCCB with the singular aim of ensuring that the mongoose hair brush trade should be closed down across the country.
The mongoose is listed in Schedule II Part 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act and any smuggling or possession of its body part is a non-bailable offence.
It was a planned raid, not to apprehend criminals, but to check on organised factories that were making paint brushes with mongoose hair.
Raids were carried out not only in Uttar Pradesh, but also at Jaipur in Rajasthan, Mumbai, and Pune in Maharashtra, and in Kerala, on the same day. The entire operation across the country yielded 54,352 brushes and 113 kg of raw hair.
Reasons for trade:
Mongoose hair is in high demand among artists worldwide because of the quality of brushes they help create, which define lines clearly and hold paint properly. India is a major source for these brushes.
Know about Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB)
It is a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to combat organized wildlife crime in the country.
The Bureau has its headquarter in New Delhi and five regional offices at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Jabalpur.
It advises the Customs authorities in inspection of the consignments of flora & fauna as per the provisions of Wild Life Protection Act, CITES and EXIM Policy governing such an item.
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) also won the prestigious 2010 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards for its outstanding work on wildlife law enforcement in the country.