Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Operation ‘Clean Art’


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Operation Clean Art

Mains level : Wildlife conservation in India

Recently a planned raid, was held in UP to check on organised factories that were making paint brushes with mongoose hair.

Operation Clean Art

  • Operation Clean Art was the first pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair in the country.
  • It was conceived by WCCB with the singular aim of ensuring that the mongoose hair brush trade should be closed down across the country.
  • There is also a campaign on social media where concerned organisations are urging artists to take a pledge to refrain from using brushes made of mongoose hair.
  • For about 1kg of hair, at least 40 mongooses are killed.

Protection of Mongoose

  • The mongoose is listed in Schedule II Part 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
  • Any smuggling or possession of its body part is a non-bailable offence.
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