The Times of India reported that West Bengal forest minister Ananta Ray "feels Bengal has too many leopards, elephants and rhinos" and they could be sold to the highest bidders, including selling them to foreign zoos and even private owners. Ray plans to petition the forest and environment ministry to get permission for this proposal.
This is an absurd proposal that violates wildlife rules, not to mention ethics. Wildlife activist Bittu Sahgal commented, "No animal is 'in excess' in any Indian forest ... How can a minister make a statement which goes against the basic tenets of wildlife protection laws?"
Tell Forest and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh to reject Ray's proposal and protect India's wild animals.
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I strongly urge you to reject any proposal submitted by Minister Ray to capture, sell or sterilize India's wild animals. Ray's plan is not based on factual numbers of animal populations or on sound wildlife management practices, and portions of his proposal violate wildlife protection laws. Please send a strong message to Minister Ray that wildlife protection needs to be a priority, and India's animals cannot be sold.