Kerala to seek Union government’s approval for using deer antlers in Ayurveda medicines

  • The Kerala Government is seeking the Union Government’s permission to use antlers of spotted deer and sambar to make Ayurvedic medicines.
  • It is believed that antlers have medicinal values and are mainly used for invigorating spleen, strengthening bones/muscles and boosting blood flow.
  • The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, has included antler in the definition of wildlife trophy that may be whole or any part of any captive animal or wild animal.
  • Section 39 of the Act prohibits person from acquiring or keeping trophies in his possession without the previous permission of Chief Wildlife Warden or the authorised officer.
  • Antlers are the extensions of the deer’s skull.

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