Indian Wildlife (protection Act), 1972 divides all animals under Five groups named as Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV, Schedule V.
(1) Animals in this category, whether caught in wild or bred in captivity, cannot be kept as pets without permission.
(2) Dead parts or trophies of these animals cannot be kept without permission.
(3) These Animals cannot be hunted except under certain circumstances and that too under license.
(4) No sale, purchase, or transfer of these animals can be made except for Zoos & authorized bodies
Following is the list of Such Animals
Part 1- MAMMALS (for full list refer act)
Part II- AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES.(for full list refer act)
PART IV: CRUSTACEA & INSECTS(for full list refer act)
PART IV: COELENTERATES
1. Reef Building Coral (All Scleractinians)
2. Black Coral (All Antipatharians)
3. Orange pipe Coral (Tubipora musica)
4. Fire coral ( All Millipora Species)
5. Sea Fan (All Gorgonians)
PART IV-B : MOLLUSCA
1. Cassis cornuta
2. Charonia tritonis
3. Conus milneedwardsi
4. Cypraecassis rufa
5. Hippopus hippopus
6. Nautilus pompilius
7. Tridacna maxima
8. Tridacna aquamosa
9. Tudicla spirillus
PART IV-C: ECHINODERMATA
Sea Cucumber (All Holothurians)
Same as Schedule I except for some minor modifications
Does not contain any aquatic creatures except for Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
These animals cannot be hunted but can be kept as pets
1. Barking Deer
8. Wild pigs
9. Sponges(All Calcareans)
Same as schedule III except for minor differences
These animals cannot be hunted but can be kept as pets.
(for non aquatic creatures full list refer act)
(i) Cypraea Iamacina
(ii) Cypraea mappa
(iii) Cypraea talpa
(iv) Fasciolaria trapezium
(v} Harpulina arausiaca
(vi) Lambis chiragra
(vii) Lambis cbiragraarthritica
(viii) Lambis crocea
(ix) Lambis millepeda
(x) Lambis scorpius
(xi) Lambis truncata
(xii) Placenta placenta
(xiii) Strombus plicatus sibbaldi
(xii) Trochus niloticus .
(.xv) Turbo mamoratus.
These animals are declared as â€œverminsâ€ and do not enjoy any protection
1. Common Crow
2. Fruit Bats
(Updated till dec 2005)
This article places emphasis on applicability of wildlife act on aquatic creature in India only, for full text kindly refer the act.
These views are as per understanding of the author on above subject. Kindly consult legal experts before taking any action under the act)