Angling banned in India, promoted in PNG

ACCORDING to an article in the Hindustan Times, the Indian state of Uttarakhand has become the first state in India to ban angling in rivers and streams in forest areas and tiger reserves.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Jai Raj, issued an official order last week bringing the ban into place.

“Angling is a crime under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and has thus been banned across state,” said Mr Raj. As per the notification, angling “includes use of anglers which gets hooked on the lower portion of the mouth of the fish”. It further states that “this activity results in pain and trauma” to the fish.

Meanwhile, in the other side of the world, the science-backed views of the Papua New Guinea government are poles apart. The PNG Government sees the great advantages of catch and release sportfishing in improving lives of people while conserving fish and the environment in PNG…as can be seen in the video above.

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