An Open Letter to the Forest Department
- ToThe Chief Conservator of Forests ( Forests, Thane ) , Additional Chief Conservator of Forests ( Wildlife, Mumbai) , Chief Conservator of Forests ( Sanjay Gandhi National Park )Dear Sirs,I draw your attention to this news article in the DNA Newspaper dated 30th April 2013.http://dnasyndication.com/dna/Mumbai/dna_english_news_and_features/Animal-lover-marries-off-pet-monkeys/DNMUM275578It features an animal lover in Nalasopara, Jayesh Mehta, who, apart from housing innumerable birds ( including pahadi mynah ) in his care, also has 2 monkeys, which he has married off.The monkeys were rescued by the Fire Brigade officials of Nalasopara and handed over to him.In fact, the article says there was a "barati " for the wedding and the Fire Brigade officials were guests from the side of the female monkey.While the enthusiasm in saving the monkeys is understandable and the efforts laudable, an article such as this is carrying a very wrong message to the public. Private citizens will now start keeping monkeys and other animals in their care, there will be unregulated breeding and God Forbid, also cruelty when the primates start behaving a wild manner while they come on heat.The Fire Brigade Department and the Police Departments should also be instructed to intimate wildlife department of the area after rescuing wild animals. When private NGOs follow regular paperwork while rescuing, intimation and rehabilitation of wildlife, and are questioned for not doing so, there is no reason why this should not be intimated and followed by the Government authorities.A copy of this letter is being sent to your offices via courier.Anticipating an early reply and thanking you for the sameShakuntala MajumdarConvenor( Committee to Monitor Welfare of Birds and Pets as appointed by Hon'ble the Bombay High Court )
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