Kerala State Forest Department have captured 3rd bull elephant last 8 months
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Photographs enclosed herewith are related to the capture and immediate transporting of a bull elephant from Attapadi area of Kerala Forest Department to Kodanad elephant camp yesterday.
Kerala forest department have not obtained a license to hunt from central ministry of environment and forest upto this date. As per the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, a license to hunt is Mandatory to capture any wild animal by any person including the state government. The Kerala forest department have kept in cages two bull elephants at Wayand and Kannur at present. All these bull elephants illegally captured have age above 40. The forest department states that these elephants have a track record of killing human being and damaging vehicles which ply across the forest path. Keeping elephants inside cages of forest department without allowing them to move is a violation of various provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Moreover these elephants kept in cages are denied sufficient fodder and water. The Forest Department of Kerala have no expertise to tame this wild elephants in captivity. Therefore I expect that your authoritative office will conduct a detailed enquiry regarding the illegal capture and confinement of these 3 wild elephants by Kerala Forest Department and that urgent steps are taken to release these 3 wild elephants in a fenced forest area having 60 to 80 acres with sufficient fodder and water. Such forest areas are available in plenty inside forest areas of Kerala State Government. If such a facility arranged, these elephants now kept in captivity can roam free without causing any threat to human beings and other wild animal. Expecting a favorable reply in this regard.
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