Indore : When you visit city zoo next time, behave well with animals or else you will be slapped a fine. If you are found teasing animals in the zoo, then disciplinary action will follow you as the visitors will be under the close watch of zoo volunteers. A hefty fine, 20 times higher than the entry charge, will be slapped on you for your misbehavior with the animals. The zoo authorities have launched a campaign on Monday to prevent the visitors from disturbing the animals. The zoo authorities will be monitoring the behavior of visitors with the animals and a group of students have volunteered to support the campaign. The penalty under the campaign will be imposed under Section 38J (Prohibition of teasing, etc., in a zoo) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Informing about the campaign, Brajesh K Kataria, a volunteer said that nearly eight challans were issued on the first day on Monday and Rs 1600/ were recovered as fine from the visitors.
Visitors who instead of watching the animals, throw stones, paper balls and food items towards the animals to attract them and such actions would invite fines, he said.
Kataria said the motive behind this campaign is to make aware the general public on the basic etiquettes and behavior that must be maintained on the zoo premise.
According to the authorities, people who were found making nuances even after warnings were fines. The permissions for the same were given by the incharge at the city zoo Dr Uttam Yadav.
“The campaign was a hit and this would be continued on every Sundays and on national holidays. An eight- member team would keep close watch on the visitors in the zoo. In addition, other awareness programmes would also be launched at the zoo,” said Dr Uttam Yadav, incharge of the zoo.
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