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Maneka Gandhi questions Environment Ministry’s ‘lust to kill’ innocent animals

Maneka Gandhi said that the ministry was "writing letters to every state and allowing the killing of animals like elephants, wild boars and monkeys".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2016 1:43 pm
maneka gandhi, ministry of environment and forests, prakash javadekar, animal cruelty, vermin, environment ministry, animal killing india, monkey killing himachal, wild boar killing, government allows animal killing Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. Express photo by Dilip Kagda

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Thursday trained guns at her cabinet colleague Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and said the latter’s ministry is frivolously granting permission to kill innocent animals.

On the reports of large number of deer being killed in Patna in Bihar, Gandhi told ANI that she does not understand this ‘lust’ to kill.

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“The Environment Ministry here is writing to every state asking them which animal they want to kill and they will grant permission. In Bengal they gave permission to kill elephants, in Himachal they gave permission to kill monkeys, in Goa they gave permission to kill peacocks,” said Gandhi.

“In Chandrapur where the condition is so adverse that they have already killed 53 wild boars and permission to kill 50 more has been given. Environment Ministries own wildlife department said that they don’t want to kill animals and should not be pressurised for the same. I don’t understand this lust for killing,” she added.

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Gandhi further castigated the killing of animals across the nation and said, that it is matter of shame that none of the locals want to kill deer, so to complete the task the environment ministry had to hire shooters from a different state.

“The shooters hail from a family which comes from Hyderabad and they roam around the nation and kill animals. Such incident has taken place first time in Bihar. Such a massacre has never taken place, where Deers which is a protected animal in huge numbers have been killed,” said Gandhi.


“The point which should be noted is that no one from Bihar, no head of any village or any farmer asked for the killing. And it is a matter of shame that they had to get shooters from Hyderabad to kill animals,” she added.

According to reports, the Union government recently declared monkeys as ‘vermin and cleared the decks for their large-scale extermination in Shimla

Meanwhile in Goa, a call was made to cull India’s national bird peacock citing the reason that the bird is creating a problem for farmers and are destroying their cultivation in rural areas.

Similarly, in Maharashtra the local forest department culled a whooping 300 animals in the past few months after several farmers reported huge losses due to crop raids.

With PTI inputs

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  1. S
    Jun 9, 2016 at 6:54 am
    She said to show that she is there only
    1. S
      Jun 9, 2016 at 6:53 am
      Why she is silent about the cows and bull s that are slaughter and exported all over the world she is not having guts to say this as it works against bjp interest she said this only to show that shows there
      1. S
        S sahni
        Jun 9, 2016 at 11:54 am
        I salute u Menaka hi for pointing out this mindless killing. May your voice be heard loud and clear. May javadekar be transfered to another portfolio. He is the worst environment minister till date!
        1. M
          Jun 27, 2016 at 9:53 am
          In jaipur still 100 of elephants are used for earn mony why you dont take any action thay are all missed used. lt;br/gt;Pls do somthing for tham as well.
          1. Annu Chopra
            Jun 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm
            80,000 married men are forced to commit suicide every year as per NCRB stats due to false dv/dowry cases and other reasons. She has not expressed any regret for them. She claims 498a IPC is under another ministry so she can't help. But animals are under WCD ministry? and more important than men who voted for her!! SOMETHING IS AMISS SOMEWHERE. MODI JI MUST INTERVENE. men are being treated worse than dogs in this country.
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