Sign of danger
It seems wild animals, which are a vital link in the
chain of life, are not safe anywhere not in zoos,
not in forests and not even in national parks. Over
the last one month or two, a large number of wild
animals have died of unnatural causes in Karnataka. In
Bandipur forest, several animals have died of anthrax.
The disease is suspected to be prevalent also in the
adjoining Naga-rahole forest. Besides animal diseases,
which break out when the ecological balance is upset,
man too is responsible for the spate of animal deaths.
Despite grant of national park status to many forests,
which means increased staff to protect them, poaching
is going on unabated. As many as 77 elephants died or
were killed in Nagarahole in the last three years.
Wildlife NGOs have charged officials with closing
elephant death files by attributing the deaths to
fighting between tuskers or citing some other dubious
reasons. But wildlife biologists rule out the death of
so many elephants in fights. They point out that
elephants are social animals and that it is rarely
that they fight till death. The Ban-nerghatta national
park has witnessed the death of a large number of
animals over the last one year. More recently, the
Mysore zoo was in the news when a female chimpanzees
arm was crushed in the sliding doors of its enclosure.
It underwent amputation of its right arm and died. In
parts of the State, people hunt wild animals and catch
birds, including some endangered species, to kill them
by way of sacrifice to deities.
The recent animal deaths are a warning to man that
environment is in danger. The cumulative effect of
poaching and destruction of forests over the years
seems to be taking its toll. The Government would do
well to involve tribals, who have protected the
forests over the ages, and reputed NGOs in an
endeavour to stop degradation of forests and poaching.
The mechanism for such an endeavour can be worked out
with the involvement of all concerned people and
organisations. Efforts are also necessary to rein in
the bad elements in the zoos and the forest
GREATNESS OF NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS
CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED- M.K GANDHI.
STOP HUMAN AND ANIMAL SUFFERING - GO VEGAN
I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Helen Keller 1880 - 1968
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