Tamil Nadu forest department to take action against farmers

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Forest Department would take action against Salem district farmers who participated in a "Fox ritual" said to perform wealth and boost agricultural yields throughout the season.

Farmers in Vazhapadi, Salem district, have captured a fox from the woodland range to celebrate 'Vanagnari,' a customary harvest festival. Because the fox is an endangered species under the Wild Life Protection Act of 1972, forest officials have initiated an investigation into the occurrence.

Villagers from Kottavadi, Ranganur, Mathur, and Periyakrishnapuram grabbed a fox from the Vazhapadi forest area, bound its mouth, and brought it around the villages to the doorsteps of each family, according to forest officials. Residents will be glued to the proceedings since it is believed in the villages that bringing a fox to their doorsteps will bring both agricultural and financial prosperity.

Officials from the forest said there had been no formal complaints, but the incident had gone viral on social media, and the department was trying to figure out who was responsible. They further claimed that the ceremony has been abandoned for a long time in Vazhapadi districts.

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