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    I read this interesting news article and thought of sharing with you all.

    Mumbai: The illegal snake venom trade is all set to become legal and a possibly a lucrative trade for the snake rescuers with Maharashtra
    forest department deciding to allow venom extraction from the snakes rescued from human localities.

    According to state forest minister Babanrao Pachpute, a multi-purpose welfare society for snake rescuers has been formed at Dhulia and the
    venom extraction activities would be conducted at Nashik.

    Chief conservator of forests, Nashik circle VK Mohan said, "The move is intended to enable snake rescuers to earn money as they are doing
    the service voluntarily. At present they are not paid for the service being provided to the society".

    He said the government has set a target of extracting venom from 8,000 snakes per annum.

    The decision of the state government has evoked sharp reactions from environmentalists who feel the move is most likely to encourage venom
    smuggling and even trade in snake parts.

    "The decision is bound to prove to be the last nail in the coffin of herpitofauna of the state," said Kishor Rithe of Nature Conservation
    Society, Amravati, an NGO working for forest conservation in central India.

    According to naturalist Sunjoy Monga, it is a bad idea and a recipe for a bit of a snake-disaster in the making. "There is ambiguity as
    regarding who will monitor that snakes are only caught in human localities. Venom is a highly valuable resource and such a permission
    will be difficult to monitor and more easy to manipulate and especially since now it will not just be a question of catching snakes
    in human localities but also earning money from them," Monga said.

    Even some senior forest department officials are shocked by the decision.

    "It is ridiculous to believe that all the snake to be brought in would be rescued from human settlements. This is nothing but legalisation of
    venom trade," said a senior forest official.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/repor...-legal_1282511
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    Mrudul Godbole

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    Didn't know about this... I agree it's a wrong move... and voluntary snake rescuers never "asked" for money for their services...
    Thanks for the update.

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    This is a very saddening update. Unless one has a license he is not allowed to extract venom. Sad that since venom is in high demand and fetches huge amounts of money, people resort to such practices. True that this can ring the death knell for Herpitofauna in the country...
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    Bibhav Behera
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