Tamil Nadu Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (TNWCCB) fined Rs 2.5 lakh to famous Tamil actor and comedian Robo Shankar. His mistake was keeping two Alexandrine Parakeets in a cage at his house in Chennai. Keeping parrots in cages is an offense under Schedule 4 of the Wildlife Preservation Act, 1972. Hence, Robo Shankar was fined a huge amount.
However, it was he who revealed the presence of these parrots in Robo Shankar’s house. Robo Shankar, who lives in Saligram, Chennai, recently made a video in his house called Hontur and put it on YouTube. In that video, Robo Shankar showed the parrots they are raising. In the video of the home tour, the robot Shankar and his family members are feeding the parrots in the cage. With this, some wildlife lovers took screenshots and posted them on social media. Besides, the forest department and TNWCCB have also been tagged. Officials said that two citizens called and lodged a complaint. Following complaints received on social media and through phone calls, officials of Forest Department and TNWCCB went to Robo Shankar’s house on Thursday and seized two parrots and kept them in a closed enclosure in Guindi National Park. Officials said that soon they will be sent to the forest. However, a forest department official revealed that Robo Shankar did not know that it is illegal to breed and cage these parrots. Therefore, he was fined Rs 2.5 lakh.. Robo Shankar agreed to pay that amount, he said.
However, Robo Shankar, who appeared before the forest officials on Monday, said that his wife’s friend had given these parrots three years ago. He said that it is illegal to grow them and he needs to take permission from the forest department but he does not know. Hence, the authorities have imposed a fine and let it go. Whereas, once parrots were a part of human life. They used to do business on these. Like normal birds, they are kept in houses. However, due to the extinction of parrots, it was included in the Wildlife Protection Act. A forest official said that many celebrities are still keeping them in cages without knowing this. Widespread awareness programs should be undertaken in the state in this regard.
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