Taxonomical tumult: Confusion about animal names hindering fight against wildlife crime
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India, Jan. 19 -- India's wildlife law has not incorporated new scientific discoveries and understandings, which is leading to confusion and chaos in wildlife management
A unique problem of sorts has developed in the fight against wildlife crime in India with the reason being a lack of evolution in its premier wildlife law.
On July 25, 2016, the forest department of Kerala's Pathanamthitta district seized a turtle from George Kurian. Investigations identified the species as the Indian Flapshell, whose scientific name is Lissemys punctata . The district court ordered that the turtle be freed the next day and Kurian was charged under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, (WLPA). But the law incorrectly lists Lissemys punctata 's common na...
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