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19 smuggled exotic birds seized in Pune

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Officials of the Directorate of (DRI) have seized here 19 exotic birds of various species which were allegedly smuggled into for sale, an said Monday.

The seized avians include 15 birds of species Agapornis, commonly known as 'Love birds' of African origin, one Sun parakeet, two great Billed parrot of origin and one white cockatoo of Indonesian origin, he said.

The birds were seized from the premises of one Dominic Sequira, a resident of Vadgaon Sheri, the told

"On the basis of specific information, the Pune unit of the DRI, with assistance of officers of the Pune Customs Commissionerate, on October 7 recovered illegally imported foreign exotic birds," he said.

The birds were handed over to the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park here for safe custody.

"The above mentioned live exotic birds command very high price, as they are sold in illegal markets after being smuggled," said the

All these birds appear to have been illegally imported into without declaration or through illicit routes, he said.

Apart from section 111 of the Customs Act, sections 48 and 49 of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 prohibits trade or commerce in Wild Animals or Animal Articles or Trophies, he added.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 23:55 IST