No more wild animals for New Year feast in Mizoram village
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 18:08
  
Aizawl: The residents of Mizoram-Myanmar border village Kawlbem, who used to organised New Year community feasts only with wild animals, have feasted on domestic animals for first time this year.

Range Officer of Environment and Forest department's Lengteng Forest Range said the change of habit came after the department made an appeal to the people.

The villagers have never had New Year community feasts without a wild animal since 1982.

The village of 268 houses and a population of 1,650 has five churches - Presbyterian Church, United Penticostal Church, Evangelical Baptist Convention, Assembly of God Church and Catholic Church - which celebrated New Year separately.

"Each church would appoint hunters to kill wild animals for the community feasts and there was no dearth of wild boars, barking deer, deer and other animals," village council President H Thanglura said.

The village lies near Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary where assortment of wild animals are found and Thanglura claimed that wild animals inside the sanctuary are not killed. "They decided to organise feasts with domestic animals this time after appeals from state Environment and Forest department," he said.

State environment and forests minister H Rohluna, who was inducted in the government in December 2008, hails from this village.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 18:08


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