Back to Raj era: Prince guns down man-eater leopard : WAS IT LEGAL?

Posted by: Hitesh Kamaliya on

Yuvraj of the erstwhile state of Utelia near Dhandhuka, Bhagirathsinh Vaghela, shot a leopard that was believed to have turned man-eater.

Let us hope that he was permitted by the Chief Wildlife Warden under Section 11 (1)(a) of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 for hunting this Leopard, which is shedule I animal. Section 11(1)(a) provides,
11. Hunting of Wild animals to be permitted in certain cases.â€" (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force and subject to the provisions of Chapter IV â€"
(a) the Chief Wildlife Warden may, if he is satisfied that any wild animal specified in Sch. 1 has become dangerous to human life or is so disabled or diseased as to be beyond recovery, by order in writing and stating the reasons therefor, permit any person to hunt such animal or cause animal to be hunted;
If such permit is not granted in case of this leopard, killing it is an offence because Section 9 of the Act says,

Prohibition of Hunting. â€" No person shall hunt any wild animal specified in Schedule, I, II, III and IV except as provided under section 11 and section 12,
and suchf offence is punishable under section 51 of the Act.

If this Leopard is killed without the permit under section 11(1)(a) of the Act the forest department should not try to justify it, because it is illegal 'hunting' and the department is duty bound to take legal action. Other wise any one will go and kill an Asiatic Lion and say that it was belived to have turned man-eater or it was causing damage to live stocks or causing injuries to humans out side the forest area and has become dangerous to humal life so he killed it.

(thanks Jaiydevsir)