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Justification Of The Wildlife Protection Amendment Act, 2002 With Further Focus On Section 32 Of Wildlife Protection Act

Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972

Introduction: Wildlife (protection) act, 1972 was regulated for protection of plants and animals. Among other reforms, that Act established prohibitions and categorized schedules of protected plants and animals; hunting or capitalizing these species was largely outlawed[1]. The Act has provisions for the protection of wild animals, birds and plants; and for matters connected there with or ancillary or incidental thereto. It is valid in the entirety of India, except the state of Jammu and Kashmir which implements its own wildlife act[2]

The government enacted the Wildlife (Protection) Act in 1972 which laid down a comprehensive set of rules and regulation with respect to the protection of wildlife in India.[3] It laid down the provisions for the setting up of national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Project Tiger is being implemented which has caused the dwindling tiger population to increase. The country saw a 30% rise in the tiger population from 2010 to 2014.[4]

The first such law was passed by the British Indian Government in 1887 called the Wild Birds Protection Act, 1887. The law made the ownership and offer of wild winged animals which were either slaughtered or caught illicit.
  • A second law was ordered in 1912 called the Wild Birds and Animals Protection Act. This was revised in 1935 when the Wild Birds and Animals Protection (Amendment) Act 1935 was passed.
  • During the British Raj, untamed life insurance was not concurred a need. It was distinctly in 1960 that the issue of insurance of natural life and the counteraction of specific species from turning out to be terminated came into the front.[5]

Constitutional provisions:
Article 48A of the Constitution of India guides the State to ensure and improve the earth and the protect natural life and backwoods. This article was added to the Constitution by the 42nd Amendment in 1976.

Article 51A forces certain essential obligations for the individuals of India. One of them is to secure and improve the common habitat including timberlands, lakes, waterways and untamed life and to have sympathy for living animals.

The act prescribes six schedules of varying degrees of protection[6]:

  • Schedule 1 and part 2 of Schedule 2: Provide absolute protection for offences under these are amounted with the highest penalties.
  • Schedule 3 and Schedule 4: Protection exists with lower penalties
  • Schedule 5: includes animals which come under the ambit of allowed to hunt
  • Schedule 6: The required endemic plants in schedule 6 are restricted from harvest and plantation

As seen in J.P. Samuel and Company v. Union of India (2002) and Samir Thapar v. Union of India (2010), the Courts while interpreting the items in the Schedules must go by the scientific classification rather than the dictionary or common meaning[7]

Critical analysis of wildlife (protection) act, 1972:

  1. Wildlife protection act spins around the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW), named under Section 4 of the Wildlife (protection) act, 1972. Chief wildlife wardens, are not full-filling their legal obligations thoroughly, as gave under the Act.

    A portion of these occasions are:
    1. The intensity of Chief wildlife warden (under section 18-26) to complete settlement in secured zone has not begun significantly even after 46 years
    2. Chief wildlife wardens have the power to take insight of decimation of wildlife , and control the inflow and surge of water. Be that as it may, they are not following up on this front.
    3. The Section-27 and section 28 accommodate guideline of passage, enrollment of arm licenses and vaccination of steers to avert sicknesses. There is additionally practically all out inaction toward this path.
In Institutional Capacity
  1. With expanded populace trouble, the natural life zone, especially the hallways are contracting.
  2. The Wildlife Departments don't have the space to house saved creatures till their discharge orders are given by the court.

Absence of Coordination
  1. There is absence of coordination between different organizations working for the assurance of wildlife.
  2. Conviction rate is troubling 2% for crimes identified with wild animals.
  3. Even with the expansion in evil commercial sale of wild animals and their parts, any control system isn't set up at international border outskirt and transport office.
  4. Due to absence of specialization, police and customs officials can't perceive tiger bones, which are sent out with an alternate name.
  5. Police and judges are not sensitive to crimes against animals and government assistance or know about the animal laws and the reality of the wrongdoing.
  6. Police specialists and wildlife officials are discovered needing, particularly with regards to taking care of, distinguishing and restoring the live creatures seized.

Lawful Impairment
  1. Section 11(2) of the natural life act that is self-protection or murdering creatures in compliance with common decency is abused. At the point when forest inhabitant is gotten with executing animals, they guarantee this arrangement to pull off it.
  2. Punishment for wrongdoing in crimes against animals is lopsidedly low.
  3. Many outlandish species are not secured under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that controls all business exchange.
  4. In such cases, the dispatch is charged under the Customs Act and the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act for not having a No complaint testament (NOC) for their "merchandise". The dispatch is then let off in the wake of taking care of a punishment.

Wild Life (Protection) amendment act, 2002

Scope of the wildlife (protection) amendment act: The Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002 has rolled out considerable improvements in the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. The long title of the 1972 Act has additionally been altered and now from the corrected title of the 1972 Act obviously said act has been ordered for the accompanying two purposes:
  1. To accommodate security of wild animals, fowls and plants and for issues associated therewith or auxiliary or accidental thereto.
  2. To guarantee the natural and ecological security of the nation.[8]

List of amendments in wildlife (protection) act, 1972 [9]

  1. To feature the environmental and ecological goal in the long title of the Wild Life Act;
  2. To include new definitions taking into account the changes proposed in the Wild Life Act;
  3. To give legal status to the National Board for Wild Life and rebuilding of State Wild Life Advisory Boards giving more extensive portrayal to all concerned;
  4. To give certain shields to quit execution of animals on the guise of being hazardous to human life and property;
  5. To defend and assist the procedure of final notification of sanctuaries and national parks and protect the decline of bio-diversity variety during the mediating time frame between the first and only notification;
  6. To state that any change in the boundaries of national parks and sanctuaries will be made uniquely based on the notification and recommendations of the National Board for Wild Life;
  7. To illegalize sale of forest produce expelled from national parks and sanctuaries for better administration of Wild Life;
  8. To state that no development of traveler lodges, inns, zoos and safari parks will be permitted inside the national parks and sanctuaries aside from with the earlier endorsement (approval) of the National Board for Wild Life;
  9. To engage the officials to expel infringement from the national parks and sanctuarys.
  10. To accommodate the creation and the management of community reserves just as preservation reserves; That zoos will not get, or discard any wild or hostage animals to any association other than a recognized and affiliated zoo;
  11. To provide that captive animals and wild animals included in Schedule I and part II of Schedule it of the Wild Life y^iict and their parts and products can be acquired only by way of inheritance;
  12. To state that hostage animals and wild animals included within Schedule I and part II of Schedule it of the Wild Life act and their parts and produce can be procured uniquely by method of legacy
  13. To upgrade and justify punishments recommended under the Act making of appropriate arrangements for the lines of the arrangements of Chapter VA of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 in instances of 31 offenses relating to wild animals included in Schedule I and Part 11 of Schedule II of the Act;
  14. To improve the measure of rewards payable; to people rendering help with discovery of offenses and worry of guilty parties;
  15. To expand the sum that can be acknowledged as compensation from Rs.2,000 to Rs.25,000.
  16. To give that the vehicles, weapons and apparatuses, and so forth., utilized in submitting compoundable offenses are not to be come back to the guilty parties.

Notable developments in the Wildlife (protection) amendment act, 2002 [10]:

Schedule I or part II of Schedule-II is inclusive of offenses concerning wild creatures (or their parts and items)

Others concerning hunting or attempting to change the limits of a sanctuary or park the punishment and penalty are upgraded, the base detainment endorsed is three years which can go as far as seven years, with a base fine of Rs. 10,000/ -

For a resulting offense of this nature, the term of detainment will not be nevertheless three years yet may arrive at seven years with a base fine of Rs. 25,000/-

Likewise a substitution segment (51 - A) has been embedded inside the Act, guaranteeing conditions appropriate while allowing bail: ' 'When a person accused of the commission of any offence concerning Schedule I or Part II of Schedule II or offences concerning hunting inside the boundaries of park or Wildlife Sanctuary or altering the boundaries of such parks and sanctuaries, is arrested under the provisions of the Act, then not withstanding anything contained within the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, no such one that had been previously convicted of an offence under this Act shall be released on bail unless -[3][11]
  1. The Public Prosecutor has been given a chance of contradicting the discharge on bail; [3]
  2. Where the Public Prosecutor restricts the application, the Court is fulfilled that there are sensible justification for accepting that he's vindicated of such offenses which he's probably not going to submit any offense while on bail.
In order to reinforce the intelligence gathering in wildlife crime, the prevailing provision for rewarding the informers has been increased from 20% of the fine and composition money respectively to 50% in each case. In addition to this, a reward up to Rs. 10,000/- is additionally proposed to tend to the informants et al. that provide assistance in detection of crime and apprehension of the offender.

At present, people having proprietorship declaration (certificate) in regard of Schedule I and Part II of Schedule II animals, can sell or present such articles. This has been altered so as to check unlawful exchange, and accordingly no one would now be able to obtain Schedule I or Part II of Schedule II animals, articles or trophies aside from by method of legacy (with the exception of live elephants).

Severe measures have likewise been proposed to relinquish the properties of in-your-face lawbreakers who have just been indicted inside the past for appalling natural life violations. These arrangements are practically similar to the arrangements of 'Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985'. Arrangements have likewise been made enabling authorities to oust infringements from Protected Areas.

Offenses that are unrelated to hunting of endangered species: Offenses related with exchange and trade in trophies, animal articles and so forth got from specific animals (exemption: chapter V A and section 38J) pulls in a term of detainment as long as three years as well as a fine up to Rs. 25,000/ -

Critical appraisal of Wildlife (protection) amendment act, 2002:

  1. The amendment act of 2002 provided for confiscation of property derived from illegal hunting and trade by a confiscation tribunal. But investigation officer, confiscation officer and confiscation tribunal has not been appointed or created.
  2. There is a conflict between legislative intent of Wildlife (protection) amendment act, 2002 and Forest Right Act 2006, as the resource poor farmers and tribal generally come in conflict with wildlife animals as well as forest guard
  3. Forest guard are not given proper training, about problem specific to forest like species diversity, study of animal behaviour, landscape planning to cope with porosity and fragmentation, understanding of Zone of Influence, and knowledge of Animal Classification
  4. Forest guards are not given weapons. In case of conflict with poachers, they retreat.

Section 32 of the wildlife (protection) act, 1972:

Section 32. Ban on use of injurious substances[12]
No person shall use, in a sanctuary, chemicals, explosives or any other substances which may cause injury to, or endanger, any wild life in such sanctuary.

T.N. Godavarman Thirumalpad v. Union of India (2006) [13]:
The Supreme Court held the Central Empowered Committee™s suggestions for the elimination of all fishing tanks and bunds used for pisciculture within Kolleru Wild Life Sanctuary.

Maa Dasabhuja Furniture Unit v. State of Orissa and Others (2006):
The Orissa High Court, dismissed a petition for allowance of license to a saw mill which was located within 10 kilometers of ChandakaDamapara Wild Life Sanctuary.

Mohd. Hazi Rafeeq v. State of Uttaranchal (2006):
The Uttarakhand High Court, dismissed a petition for a license of saw mill close to the boundary of Rajaji National Park

Center for Environmental Law, WWF India v. Union of India (1995) and Goa Foundation v. Union of India (2004): The Supreme Court has decided that any non-forest activity falling within sanctuaries, National Parks, and 10 kilometers of their boundaries now needs allowance prior consultation with Standing Committee which is a part of National Board for Wild Life.

Satyapal Verma v. State of Jharkhand (2004): the Jharkhand High Court held that the Chief Wild Life Warden™s decision under Section 29 banning movement of mineral filled trucks through Betla Wild Life Sanctuary.

Kamla Kant Pandey v. State of Uttar Pradesh (2006): the Allahabad High Court held the cancelling of a mining lease falling in the ambit of Kaimur Wild Life Sanctuary.

In Gujarat Navodaya Mandal V. State & State of Rajasthan v. Salman Khan and Others (2012) Rajasthan High Court
Held: the Court observed that:
  • a damage that is caused to the wild life qualifies as a loss to ecology
  • By the act of using fire arms for executing wild life, the accused is liable for the offence of mischief as defined in Sections 425 and 429 IPC.
  • Section 141 IPC covers it and it falls under the ambit of the same, mischief, criminal trespass or other offence, and can very well be taken into consideration for the offence of mischief that is when committed in relation to a wild animal also.
  • Accordingly, 'other offence' as mentioned in Section 141 covers in the ambit of the same, an offence under Wild Life Protection Act.

The key natural difficulties that the nation faces identify with the nexus of ecological debasement with destitution in its numerous measurements, and financial development. These difficulties are naturally associated with the condition of ecological assets, for example, land, water, air, and their vegetation.

The proximate drivers of natural corruption are populace development, unseemly innovation and utilization decisions, and destitution, prompting changes in relations among individuals and environments, and advancement exercises, for example, serious horticulture, dirtying industry, and impromptu urbanization.

The status of untamed life in a locale is a precise file of the condition of environmental assets, and in this manner of the characteristic asset base of human prosperity. This is a result of the associated idea of biological substances, (the web of life) in which natural life is an indispensable connection. [14]

In addition, a few appealing types of wildlife encapsulate incomparable values, and simultaneously, involve a significant asset base for supportable turn of events. Preservation of natural life, as needs be, includes the security of whole biological systems.[15]

These points of view are essential while experiencing the section 32 of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Since the natural life is a fundamental connection in the trap of lives, it is the most extreme obligation to safeguard and ensure the wealth of untamed life as it very well may be made accessible to ages. So, the imperiled types of widely varied vegetation ought to be ensured. The Wildlife (protection) Act, with opportune revisions, encourages the security of natural life in Indian laws[16]

The legal framework on wildlife protection is spoken to by the Wild Life Protection Act, and its amendments. Wild Life protection amendment act of 2002 is to be sure advances the objects of act and satisfies all the defects brought about by the act, by focusing more on the executives and gaining systems of shut regions and changing over them to national parks/sanctuaries, and by expanding punishment sum and term. With these perceptions, I finish up my theme on Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act, 1972, with regard to section 32

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  • Altola, E. A. (n.d.). Animal Ethics and Interest conflicts.
  • Ashish Kothari, P. P. Management of parks and sanctuaries.
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  • The Wild Life (Amendment) Bill, 2002.
  1. Management of national parks and sanctuaries in India, Ashish Kothari, Pratibha Pandey, Shekhar Singh, Dilanavaz Variava
  2. Jakob Kirkemann Boesen & Tomas Martin, Applying a Rights-Based Approach: An Inspirational Guide for Civil Society
  3. Guha, Sumit. n.d. From Sanctuaries to Safeguards: Policies and Politics in Twentieth-Century India
  4. Jakob Kirkemann Boesen & Tomas Martin, Applying a Rights-Based Approach: An Inspirational Guide for Civil Society
  5. M Krishnan, Economic and political weekly
  6. Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002, available at:
  7. National Judicial Academy published, Humane society international,
  9. Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002, available at:
  10. Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002, available at:
  11. Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2002, available at:
  12. section 32, Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972:§ionId=32851§ionno=32&orderno=47
  13. National Judicial Academy published, Humane society international,
  14. Elisa Aaltola, Animal Ethics and Interest Conflicts
  15. Ajya B Manjumdar, Environmet and Wildlife Laws in India
  16. Guha, Sumit. n.d. From Sanctuaries to Safeguards: Policies and Politics in Twentieth-Century India.
Written By: Rishita Tiwari, 3rd year law student at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University

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