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Turtles, dead birds found in animal rescuer’s farm

Rajkot: A self-proclaimed animal welfare activist in Rajkot was arrested after the woodland division found massive collection of useless birds, tortoises and zero gais were stored illegally in his farm space in Kalipat village, 16 km from Rajkot town.
The accused Divyaraj Shah was wearing out those activities underneath the garb of Jeev Daya (compassion against living creatures), officials of the woodland division alleged.

Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Rajkot social forestry department, M M Muni told TOI: “The natural world crime keep watch over bureau had received a criticism about him conserving animals and birds in his farm. We carried out a raid on Wednesday night time and located 25 famous person turtles, which is safe underneath schedule-Three of Wildlife Act, three nil gais and useless birds and squirrels from the refrigerator in the farmhouse.”

However, the woodland division team needed to leave with out taking any motion, after Divyaraj’s kin created a ruckus. The search operation resumed on Thursday morning with the help of security body of workers and persevered until night time.

According to resources, probably the most useless birds found were owl and cuckoos.

Accused Divyaraj claimed that he was running a natural world agree with for animal welfare, however may now not produce the registration main points of the agree with when requested for by means of the woodland division team. He was arrested after an offence underneath phase 39(Three) of Wildlife Protection Act was lodged against him. He was launched on bail after payment of Rs 25,000 as advance restoration.

Muni stated, “We are investigating if he was selling the famous person turtles and to whom. As according to Feng Shui, famous person turtle are believed to deliver prosperity if stored within the house. However, we are still probing why he had stored such a lot of birds in the farmhouse.” Officials don’t rule out a larger racket of natural world trafficking.

In a commentary given to the woodland division, Divyaraj claimed that the nil gais were stored as part of animal welfare and to give protection to them. According to officials, the entire animals and birds have despatched been despatched to Sakkarbaug Zoo and the carcasses for postmortem.

Divyaraj was running an NGO for conservation and rehabilitation of wild animals and claiming to be a natural world rescuer himself.

Bhavin Patel, who knowledgeable the woodland division about this racket, stated, “As according to my wisdom, he was selling ratite birds, which might be in massive call for in Punjab and some foreign nations. Though he claims of treating injured birds, he is in reality selling them. He stored a couple of useless birds in the refrigerator most effective to show that those had died all the way through treatment.”

Bhavin also claimed that Divyaraj had posted some footage and videos of treating birds like flamingo on some social media and YouTube, however deleted them after the woodland division raid.

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