23rd February, 2016
2100 Domestic Ducks seized from transport truck in Agra
2100 ducks were seized from a livestock transport truck by the Agra Police authorities. The ducks are currently under the safe custody of Wildlife SOS at their rescue facility.
Earlier today, Wildlife SOS received an urgent call from the Agra Police department regarding the seizure of 2100 domestic ducks that were being transported from Karnataka. The transport truck was intercepted by the police just outside the city as it failed to fulfil the standard requirements of motor vehicles transporting livestock under the Bureau of Indian Standards. The transport company had also breached the guidelines stated in The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
The drivers were immediately taken into police custody for further questioning and the court is yet to give their final verdict. The ducks were transferred to the Wildlife SOS rescue facility in Agra, where they are currently under observation.
Baiju Raj M.V., Director of Conservation Projects at Wildlife SOS said, “Earlier this morning, we received a call from the police officials about a truck full of domestic ducks that were being transported into the city from Karnataka. They had stopped the vehicle outside the city and upon further inspection realised that they failed to meet the suitable requirements of vehicles transporting livestock across the country.”
Dr. Illayaraja, Wildlife SOS Senior Veterinarian said, “The ducks were handed over to us for safe keeping till the court makes their final decision. We have conducted a general check-up of all the ducks and their vitals are regular.”
Geeta Seshamani, co-founder Wildlife SOS, said, “We are thankful to the local police for being so alert and for taking strict measures against the offenders. There are certain rules and guidelines stated in The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, that must be followed, which in this case were clearly violated.”
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ABOUT WILDLIFE SOS
Wildlife S.O.S runs the only 24-hour Wildlife and Reptile Rescue Cell in Agra and the National Capital Region (NCR) areas of India, which includes urban metropolitan hubs like Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon. As a result of efficient and prompt rescue efforts by Wildlife SOS over the years, the local Police Control Room diverts relevant calls to our wildlife helpline (Delhi - 9871963535 and Agra - 9917190666) that works round the clock to help wildlife in distress. Website: www.wildlifesos.org
**All the above is from Wildlife S.O.S's press release about this situation**