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Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972

[Act No. 53 of 1972 dated 9th. September, 1972]

Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
2 Definitions
3 Appointment of Director and other officers
4 Appointment of Life Warden and other officers
5 Power to delegate
6 Constitution of Wild Life Advisory Board
7 Procedure to be followed by the Board
8 Duties of Wild Life Advisory Board
Chapter III Hunting Of Wild Animals 
9 Prohibition of hunting
11 Hunting of wild animals to be permitted in certain cases
12 Grant of permit for special purposes
17A Prohibition of picking, uprooting, etc. of specified plant
17B Grants of permit for special purposes
17C Cultivation of specified plants without license prohibited
17D Dealing in specified plants without license prohibited
17E Declaration of stock
17F Possession, etc., of plants by licensee
17G Purchase, etc., of specified plants
17H Plants to be Government property
18 Declaration of sanctuary
19 Collector to determine rights
20 Bar of accrual of rights
21 Proclamation by Collector
22 Inquiry by Collector
23 Powers of Collector
24 Acquisition of rights
25 Acquisition proceedings
26 Delegation of Collector's powers
26A Declaration of area as sanctuary
27 Restriction on entry in sanctuary
28 Grant of permit
29 Destruction, etc., in a sanctuary prohibited without permit
30 Causing fire prohibited
31 Prohibition of entry into sanctuary with weapon
32 Ban on use of injurious substances
33 Control of sanctuaries
33A Immunisation of live-stock
34 Registration of certain persons in possession of arms
35 Declaration of National Parks
37 Declaration of closed area
38 Power of Central Government to declare areas as sanctuaries or National Parks
Chapter IVA Central Zoo Authority And Recognition Of Zoos
38A Constitution of Central Zoo Authority
38B Term of office and conditions of service of Chairperson and members, etc
38C Functions of the Authority
38D Procedure to be regulated by the Authority
38E Grants and loans to Authority and Constitution of Fund.
38F Annual report
38G Annual report and audit report to be laid before Parliament
38H Recognition of zoos
38I Acquisition of animals by a zoo
38J Prohibition of teasing, etc., in a zoo
Chapter V Trade Or Commerce In Wild Animals, Animal Articles And Trophies
39 Wild animals, etc., to be Government property
40 Declarations
41 Inquiry and preparation of inventories
42 Certificate of ownership
43 Regulation of transfer of animal, etc
44 Dealings in trophy and animal articles without license prohibited
45 Suspension or cancellation of licenses
46 Appeal
47 Maintenance of records
48 Purchase of animal, etc., by licensee
48A Restriction on transportation of wild life
49 Purchase of captive animal, etc., by a person other than a licensee
Chapter VA Prohibition Of Trade Or Commerce In Trophies, Animal Articles, Etc. Derived From Certain Animals
49A Definitions
49B Prohibition of dealings in trophies, animal articles, etc., derived from scheduled animals
49C Declaration by dealers
50 Power of entry, search, arrest and detention
51 Penalties
52 Attempts and abetment
53 Punishment for wrongful seizure
54 Power to compound offence
55 Cognizance of offences
56 Operation of other laws not barred
57 Presumption to be made in certain cases
58 Offences by companies
Chapter VII Miscellaneous
59 Officers to be public servants
60 Protection of action taken in good faith
60A Reward to persons
61 Power to alter entries in Schedules
62 Declaration of certain wild animals to be vermin
63 Power of Central Government to make rules
64 Power of State Government to make rules
65 Rights of Scheduled Tribes to be protected
66 Repeal and savings
Schedules Schedule-1 Part-I
  Schedule-1 Part-II
  Schedule-1 Part-III
  Schedule-2 Part-I
  Schedule-2 Part-II

An Act to provide for the protection of [wild animals, birds and plants] and for matters connected therewith or ancillary or incidental thereto.

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