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OPERATION CLEAN ART

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Related Topic in KAS Prelims Syllabus:

Environment [Paper-II]: Policies and treaties for the protection of environment at the National and the International level, Biodiversity – its importance and concerns

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  • First pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair was carried out recently in U.P, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Kerala.
  • It was a planned raid, not to apprehend criminals, but to check on organised factories that were making paint brushes with mongoose hair.
  • Brushes made of mongoose hair are preferred in the industry because they are superior and hold colour better.

Operation Clean Art

  • It was the first pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair in the country.
  • It was conceived by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) with the singular aim of ensuring that the mongoose hair brush trade should be closed down across the country.
  • The entire operation across the country yielded 54,352 brushes and 113 kg of raw hair.
  • About 49 arrests were made and 27 cases were registered under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

[Source: The Hindu]

 

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