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Nagaland hunters slaughter migratory birds on way to Africa
Hundreds of thousands of birds fail to reach their destination while they migrate to Siberia in an annual feature, as hunters in Nagaland trap them alive, selling them in the open market later on, and the irony: local govt has done nothing to stop this illegal but lucrative business.

IN WHAT could come as a shock to bird lovers, hunters in Nagaland in northeast India kill every year at least 120, 000 Amur Falcons – a protected bird species, while they fly over the state during their yearly migration to Siberia.

Hunters in Nagaland know when it is the right time to make a kill and therefore, lay their nets close to the water reservior during early morning or late evening, when the birds arrive in large numbers.

An NGO from Bangalore headed over to the water reservoir to document the 'massacre' and they were shocked to see the ugly truth of how these hunters lay traps for these rare species, which are decreasing in number day by day. There are several wildlife NGO's, which put their best feet forward to put a check on it, but they have been unsuccessful in it so far.

With various endangered animals around the world being trapped and sold in the open market, it is time for the authorities to put a check upon such acts. As far as birds slaughtering and selling in the open market is concerned, the government of Nagaland needs to impose strict laws against the offenders. If they fail to do so, then the centre must step in and take appropriate actions.

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