Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 – A Summary

Published on 29/05/2012

First Update 14/06/2021

Wild Life Protection Act, 1972-A Summary

By Dr. Yashpal Singh, Chairman, The Wealthy Waste School India

Also See Guidelines for seeking recommendations of the Standing Committee of National Board for Wild Life for activities in protected areas

The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 is a Central Act of Parliament providing for the protection of wild animals, birds and plants and for matters connected therewith or ancillary or incidental thereto with the view to ensuring the ecological and environmental securities of the country. It extends to the whole of India except the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The exception provision for the non applicability in the State of Jammu and Kashmir has been deleted as per Section 95 of the Jammu and Kashmir reorganization Act 2019 and as per Table-1 of the fifth schedule of the said reorganization Act of 2019. The act provides for the constitution of a National Board for Wildlife with the Prime Minister as the Chairperson.  The National Board shall promote the conservation and development of wildlife and forests by such measures as it thinks fit. The act also provides for the constitution of a State Board for Wildlife to advise the state government in matters connected with the protection of wildlife. The act regulates the hunting of wild animals and protection of specified plants. It also empowers the State Government to notify Sanctuaries, National Parks, and Game Reserves. It has also setup a National Tiger Conservation Authority and regulates trade or commerce in wild animals, animal articles and trophies.

Contravention of provision of the act are punishable with imprisonment from 1 to 7 years and / with fine upto Rs. 50 lakhs depending on the nature of offense.

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