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Assam: Villagers beat up a baby elephant to death in a village in Morigaon district, villagers were trying to chase away the elephant and local Police along with forest officials were present during crime, hence all concerned officials be placed under suspension and booked  for the violation of the 120-B, 428 - 429 IPC read with the section 9, 39 and 51 of Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 and PCA Act, 1960.

Seven helpless elephants were killed this week by a speeding goods train. But this terrible slaughter could have be prevented.  

The massacre site in Jalpaiguri is a jumbo corridor where trains are required to provide safe crossing to the elephants. Negligent train drivers have killed 150 elephants since 1987, despite repeated calls to enforce safety measures. Only a deafening outcry from citizens could push the Railway Minister to take urgent action.

It is time to put an end to this carnage -- the Environment and Railway Ministers meet next week
. Let's build a massive movement to protect our elephants. Sign the petition for accountability and safety and send this to everyone -- it will be delivered directly to the Railway Minister:

Naresh Kadyan,
 Representative of the International Organization for Animal Protection
- OIPA in India
, Chairman, People for Animals Haryana,
पशुओं के प्रति क्रूरता निवारणःनियम अधिनियम और सूचनाएँ

नरेश कादयान, अध्यक्ष,पीपल्स फॉर एनिमल हरियाणा,
अंतरराष्ट्रीय पशु रक्षा संगठन के भारतीय प्रतिनिधि
+91-9813010595 , 9313312099 

Letter to
Union Cabinet Minister, Railways Shri Dinesh Trivedi
Chief Conservator of Forest, Public Grievance, Law & Information Officer
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force, Assam V. K. Vishnoi IFS
and 11 others
Forest Secretaries Officer
Minister-in-Charge , Forests Minister
Minister-of-State , Forests Minister
Union Minister for Environment and Forest Smt. Jayanthi Natrajan
The Gauhati High Court Mahatma Gandhi Road Guwahati - 781001 Assam, India Justice M. B. Lokur Chief Justice
Director (Project Elephant), Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests Shri A.N. Prasad
Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Forest Shri Vijai Sharma
Prime Minister of India, New Delhi. Hon'ble Sardar Manmohan Singh
His Excellency the President of India
Chief Minister, West Bengal Km. Mamata Banerjee
Supreme Court of India Hon'ble Mr. Chief Justice
Jagiroad, Morigaon: A day after the elephant was officially declared a Heritage Animal, entitling it to the same sort of protection as the tiger, a video has captured villagers in Assam beating a baby elephant to death.

The three-year-old calf had was injured and had been abandoned by his herd. Villagers are seen in the video riding on the injured calf, while policemen watch.

The villagers then attacked the calf with spears and sticks till he died.

The conflict between elephants and humans in Assam has been escalating. With forests widely encroached, elephants are forced to stray out of their habitat and sometimes destroy paddy fields, prompting attacks by villagers.

A fortnight ago, four elephants were found dead in tea gardens near Kaziranga. Experts said they seemed to have been poisoned.

We the undersigned standing and speaking in unity wish to address a major crisis with you.
Animal abuse and neglect !

We want to see you make into law, that anyone who harms, abuses or neglects animals in any manner be forced to be OUTED on A National Animal Abusers Registry list which includes all states.

Info., will feed to all databases where animals are of concern from Vets, to all shelters and rescues esp., those who adopt and sell pedigrees.

Anyone known to selling to a registered offender will, too now be listed as an abuser in the National Animal Abusers Registry list.

Thank you for your immediate focus and action on this crucial matter as we are their voice and legs !!

The declaration of the elephant as the National Heritage Animal of India on Thursday by the Union government has received hearty welcome from animal lovers. The decision has special significance in Kerala because the State has a large number of captive elephants and the manner in which they are kept has been constantly questioned by animal lovers.

In fact, Kerala is a State where the figure of human-captive elephant conflict is very high and this is often attributed to a natural reaction from the side of the animal to the cruelty to which it is being often subjected.

The National Heritage Animal status for the elephant was one of the important recommendations of 12-member Elephant Task Force which submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests on August 31.

The government accorded the prestigious status for the elephant following the approval of the Elephant Task Force recommendation by the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife at its meeting on October 13. Project Elephant Director A.N. Prasad has said it will be notified in the Gazette of India soon.

Private ownership

Animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi told The Hindu that she wholeheartedly welcomes the decision. But now since the elephant has been declared a National Heritage Animal there can no more be private ownership of elephants for the simple reason that a National property cannot be owned by private individuals.

All temples and private individuals owning elephants should immediately surrender them to the government. But, has the machinery for that been constituted, she asked. So, in the first place, the setup for that has to be evolved and then there should be rescue centres for such elephants. There should also be clarity on the punishment for private individuals if they happen to keep this National Heritage Animal. Unless there are subsidiary rules, the declaration may not serve its purpose, she said.

Important step

Elephant Task Force member Suparna Ganguly has said that she is absolutely motivated and excited over the declaration. This should have been done many years ago. The present precarious condition of elephants in India warrants more resources. The moot point is that if the world needs the elephant India has to take the lead for it and the declaration is one important step in that direction.

Animal rights activist A.G. Babu has said he will welcome the decision in all laudable terms. But it has to be ensured that the declaration does not remain only on paper. Already there is a heritage status for the elephant as people see it as Lord Ganesha. In spite of that the animal in captivity is subjected to untold cruelty. It has to be ensured now that better days have dawned for the elephants, especially for those in captivity, he said.

Former president of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad M.K. Prasad has said that the elephant richly needs the status. Though a huge animal the elephant never evokes fear in human minds, at least in India. He hopes the national status will bring an end to the untold cruelty to which captive elephants are subjected to at the hands of man.

The death of seven elephants on rail tracks in West Bengal has brought to fore the threat the jumbos are facing in the country with as many as 150 of them being mowed down by speeding trains since 1987.

According to the latest report of the Elephant Task Force (ETF) of the Environment Ministry, West Bengal, where the tragedy occurred on Thursday, stands next only to Assam in the number of elephant casualties due to train movements.

Percentage wise, out of 150 jumbo deaths across the states, Assam’s share is a staggering 36 per cent, while West Bengal stood second recording 26 per cent of the casualties, the ETF said.

Around 14 per cent deaths have been reported from Uttarakhand followed by Jharkhand (10 per cent), Tamil Nadu (6 per cent) Uttar Pradesh and Kerala( 3 per cent each) and Orissa (2 per cent).

As Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh put it, “This (seven jumbo death in West Bengal yesterday) is not the first time that such a mishap has taken place, although the scale with which it has taken place now is unprecedented particularly in the North-East frontier.”

Most of the accidents (80 per cent) have happened in summer between January and June with animals hit by trains in the night when the elephants venture out in search of water and food, says the report while suggesting a string of preventive steps for the safety of jumbos, selected as national heritage animal.
Being animal as state subject, the concerned authorities should make sure not to repeat these kinds of shameful crime against wildlife.
As citizens across India - on this planet, we ask you to take urgent steps to stop the killing of elephants and hold accountable those responsible for their slaughter. We call on you to immediately implement the safety measures requested of the Railway Ministry by the Elephant Task Force. Our country has the privilege of being home to these extraordinary animals and we have the obligation to protect them. ....... OIPA in India is calling on the Assam government to combat the killing of rhinos by amending the Wildlife Protection Act so that rhino poachers receive longer prison sentences and heftier fines.
The report, prepared at the behest of the Environment Ministry, has sought to bring railway projects in elephant habitats under the Forest Conservation Act and based on the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) to be conducted on elephant movement by qualified biologists with expertise.

“Necessary amendment could also be considered in Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. Environment (Protection) Act, with a provision that any new investment of value Rs 100 million and above on forest lands already authorised for 63 non-forest uses will be subject to clearance again by the Ministry with compulsory EIA,” as per report.
Intensive survey of accident prone areas was suggested to identify possible factors responsible for elephant deaths due to train hits besides site-specific short and long term mitigation measures.

Other suggestions include engagement of elephant trackers round the year to receive information regarding presence of elephant herds within five kilometers of the track length.

It has also suggested supporting research to develop sensors that could be deployed on either side of the track in accident prone areas to emit warning signals (sound/light) on approach of heavy bodied animals.

Railways should reduce speed of train passing through forest or high accident prone areas while train drivers, cabin crew, guards, passengers and caterers need to be sensitised to avert such accidents, says the report.

Examine the following solutions:..............

* Reduction of train speed to 20km/hr through the forest.
* Relay tracks so as not to cut across elephant corridors
* Clearing of bushes and removal of blockages at the turnings so that the driver could get a clear view.
* Restore elephant corridor that do not have railway tracks.
* Alter the timings of certain trains running in the evening and night.
* Ensure that trains that have caused accidents in the past travel care fully through the section.
* Ensure that the project elephant maintains a database on elephant mortality due to train accidents for the entire country.
* Regulate garbage disposal. The drivers of the trains be vigilant and watch out for elephants in the elephant of the corridor especially at night.
* Consult with project elephant for any other expert suggestions, as PE would have access to reports from various groups working on elephant corridors and similar wild elephant issues.

Assam: Villagers beat up a baby elephant to death in a village in Morigaon district, villagers were trying to chase away the elephant and local Police along with forest officials were present during crime, hence all concerned officials be placed under suspension and booked for the violation of the 120-B, 428 - 429 IPC read with the section 9, 39 and 51 of Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 and PCA Act, 1960.

Justice M. B. Lokur, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court is humbly requested to treat this mail as a public interest litigation - PIL in the interest of public, wildlife as well.

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