Profile: PFA Morena
PFA Morena was set up in March, 2000 and the organization now has more than 2000 members.
They run an animal ambulance with a mobile clinic to provide treatment on the spot. They have treated over 300 animals, including a bear!
One of their biggest campaigns is to save the peafowls. Peafowl is a very alert, clever and beautiful bird of India. It is a large pheasant weighing 4-6 Kg. and measures over a meter from head to end of tail and over 2 meters to end its full train. It has a fan shaped crest of wire like feathers on top of head. Brilliant glistering blue neck and breast and a spectacular long train decorated with purplish black centered coppery eyespot. The female is remarkably different – mostly a dull brown in colour and weighs about 304 kilos less than the male. Not surprisingly the peacock, was India’s choice when the International council for the preservation of birds passed a resolution that every nation designates one species as its national bird.
Morena ( Moar+ Raina - habitat of peafowl) has one of the highest concentrations of peafowls in India. It was the home of 72000 peafowls in 2000 (data from Forest Department Morena). This number is gradually reducing, now down to 35000. Hunters kill for its delicious meat; for its beautiful feathers; for the fat of the peafowl – ultimately for money. Peafowl feather handicraft and fat sell on high prices in the International Market. Other threats faced by peafowls are poaching, heat, pesticides and insectisides used by farmers in this area
Peafowl is protected under the wildlife protection act 1972 section 51; 1-A. Killing a peafowl is completely banned under this act with a minimum one year or maximum seven year imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 5000. Yet the hunting continues.
PFA Morena is still working for peacocks through management of food and water in densely populated areas and raising awareness amongst locals and promoting organic farming.
For more info, contact,
3/73 Sharma Gali
Tel: 9479876030, 9179732348