Thursday, 28 July 2016

Wild Indian Elephants -- Is Anyone concerned about them at all ??

I am gravely disturbed and distressed about the death of several wild indian elephants from Assam in North East India to Orissa in Eastern India and from Jharkhand in Central India to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in Southern India.

As, a 'Global Wild Elephant Lover' and Freelance Wildlife Writer -- I believe it is part of my duty to create awareness about the plight of wild elephants in various parts of India.

However, what disturbs me the most is the ''Gross Indifference'' by Humans who live in various urban cities in India to the plight of wild elephants particularly in Assam, West Bengal, Orissa, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.

In Assam, more than a Dozen Wild Elephants were run over and horrendously killed by callous super fast trains in Karbi Anglong District in Assam as well as near Guwahati -- the State Capital of Assam between January 2010 and August 2010 respectively.

Similarly, in Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal 7 Wild Elephants were mowed down by a callous goods train in September 2010.

To make matters worse, some baby elephants along with their mothers have been dragged by these callous trains all along rail lines in Assam; till they were left in a disfigured state. These incidents took place in Assam in January and March 2010 respectively.

In Orissa, between 20-40 Wild Elephants were slaughtered en masse by organized poacher gangs in collusion with illegal ivory traders in Similipal Reserved Forest in the month of April 2010 and May 2010 respectively.

The carcasses of many of these pachyderms were discovered by environmentalists and wildlife conservationists during the annual census which was conducted in Similipal in the month of April and of May 2010.

We still do not know the actual number of Wild Elephants that were horrendously slaughtered in Similipal in April 2010 simply because of the remote wilderness that surrounds Similipal Biosphere Reserve.

In Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Tuskers are routinely shot dead by vile poacher gangs specially in and around Bannerghatta National Park as well as in reserved forests that surround Mysore.

No one seems bothered about the death of Wild Elephants in Similipal or in Assam or anywhere else for that matter. Most Urbanites seem to be only concerned about money and going to the latest pub or night club. Those who are interested in the safety of ''Wild Elephants' are few and far between.

It is extremely sad that wild elephants in many parts of India are being slaughtered for their ivory.

Therefore, I appeal to anyone and everyone to raise this issue about the plight of wild elephants in India with any concerned Government Official.


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