It’s almost 2020, it’s time we start acting intelligent and phase out practices like this.

Photo From: Wildlife Crime Control Bureau.

If nearly 100,000 mongooses a year are still being killed for their hair to make paintbrushes in 2020 something is seriously wrong. It’s time to evolve as a collective and make better decisions.

A recently conducted operation has uncovered details about the extent of illegal animal trade in India, proving we need to step up our efforts to protect wildlife.

Recently, Police have stepped up their efforts to tackle this problem stating,

“For every kilogram of mongoose hair that is used in brushes, about 50 animals are killed. This is because only about 20 grams of good hair comes from every mongoose. We are doing our best to disrupt the supply and production network but unfortunately awareness about this wildlife crime is low and as long as there is a demand, there will be people killing mongoose for their hair.”

Source: National Geographic

During a recent police operation in India, called ‘Operation Clean Art’, officials seized more than 54,000 paintbrushes made from mongoose hair. According to Quartz India, Over 100 kilograms of additional, raw mongoose hair was also seized.

The local police have arrested 43 people connected to this case of trafficking illegal animal products. So there is some good news!

The Indian police have done a great job of tackling this problem as of late, but up until now, art has cost the lives of around 100,000 mongooses a year. Things like this can only persist if there is a market for it.

The Indian grey mongoose is usually the most common hunted mongoose species in India. Photo by J.M. Garg/Wikimedia Commons.

Some people are saying that there is nothing wrong with this, and for fine-art one must make this kind of sacrifices, saying:

“The reason many artists use these brushes is because in watercolors, you can’t really afford to make any mistakes, therefore the brush needs to be extremely good. Many artists feel the mongoose hair brushes can hold a stroke well and they are also extremely durable,”

said C.P. Krishnapriya, a Chennai artist that graduated from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai.

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