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Operation ‘Clean Art’

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About Operation Clean Art:

  • Operation Clean Art was the first pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair in the country.
  • This is an special operation of WCCB to conduct raids across various states to keep a check on the factories that were making brushes with mongoose hair.
  • Painters prefer brushes made of mongoose hair because they are superior and hold colour better, and there is no better alternatives it.
  • During this raid approximately 26,000 brushes and over 100 kg of raw mongoose hair was seized.
  • It has to be noted that for about 150 kg of mongoose hair, at least 6,000 animals would have been killed.

About Mongoose species:

  • There are six species of mongoose found in India.
  • All mongoose species found in India are protected under Schedule II (Part II) of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which prohibits all trade of animals listed in it.
  • IUCN Status –  Least concern.

Government Interventions:

  • There have been instances in which mongoose hair has been transported using courier companies. So, Postal Department authorities are also trying to spread awareness and identify illegal trade in wildlife.
  • 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.

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