Snake charmer protests bureaucratic inertia with a fistful of cobras

After failing to secure a plot of land for his reptilian pets, a snake charmer named Hakkul released a bunch of his wriggling companions — including several venomous cobras — inside a tax office in India's Uttar Pradesh state. According to the serpent tamer, he had been promised a plot to keep the reptiles, but the officials' ongoing demands for bribes forced him to play his hand.

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Explained Hakkul, "I am a conservationist and have been seeking the government's help. Having waited patiently for so long, I had no option but to leave all my snakes in this office." Nobody was injured in this herpetological hand-off.

[The Telegraph via I Heart Chaos]

DISCUSSION

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Jean Rhys Lives

So this is my grain of salt to add to the conversation. Snake Charmers in India are known for abusing the snakes they have by breaking their fangs and starving them. Also, as the bureaucrat in the article states, "there is no provision for such a business" because it's illegal to gather reptiles and other animals for any other purpose than scientific research or rescue and to keep them on any land that is not a sanctuary or national park according to the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

I should also say that I 100% believe the local politicians were demanding bribes, as this is a daily occurrence throughout the governmental system, but the Snake Charmer himself is most likely in violation of the law as well.