Animal rights physique seeks probe into demise of 30 elephants in a single month


New Delhi, July 10

Animal rights physique FIAPO on Friday urged the Centre to represent a committee to probe the demise of 30 elephants throughout the nation inside a month.

In a letter-cum-petition to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations complied and connected information experiences relating to the deaths of 30 elephants that came about between May 27 and June 29, 2020.

The written petition recommends the committee to incorporate representatives from investigating businesses, forest departments, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, authorities and non-government businesses (together with wildlife consultants and scientists) to research the deaths of elephants, and suggest long run, efficient coverage adjustments to guard elephants from violent crimes.

“Most of the talked about instances are from the 12 states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Kerala seem to have concerned violence.                 

“In some cases, it is even clear that the deaths are linked to illegal poaching for ivory,” FIAPO stated.

The physique additionally identified that the existent authorized framework for defense of elephants was lenient.

Currently, looking of those protected species is a criminal offense underneath Section 9 of the Wildlife Protection Act with imprisonment for a time period which can solely prolong to 3 years, or with high quality not under Rs 10,000.         

“As a result of such lenient laws, illegal activities, with animals being subjected to violence and being treated as commodities, don’t stop,” it stated.

Varda Mehrotra, Executive Director FIAPO, stated it was worrying as elephants are protected underneath the UN conference for migratory species.

“This is a extremely worrying development, as elephants are endangered and guarded underneath the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and likewise the UN Convention for Migratory Species.         

“They are officially recognised as a National Heritage Animal in India with the highest protection under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. We need to address the elephant in the room,” he stated.

Ramesh AS, an unbiased activist who has adopted the path of elephant deaths because the demise of elephant Saumya, who died in Kerala after consuming fruit loaded with firecrackers, arrange an internet petition that has garnered over 2,500 signatures.         

“When the federal government doesn’t have funds and amenities to rehabilitate current sick and previous captive elephants in non-public custody, capturing wild elephants in battle and sustaining them in captivity is just not sustainable.

“It is against the rights and welfare of existing captive elephants who need rehabilitation. The only solution we can arrive at is to address it in the wild itself,” stated Ramesh. PTI

 



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