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An anathema to most welfare activists, removal is often the only solution for wildlife and people caught in acute, irreversible conflict
In contrast, when animals are hunted, some will be shot several times causing tremendous pain, but many others escape with one gunshot or flesh wound, and die later slowly.
Maneka Gandhi had a spat with the environment minister over killings of animals for scientific research
Maneka’s anger was directed at three notifications issued by the Environment Ministry in the last six months, each declaring a wild animal ‘vermin’, or pest, in a state for the period of one year. The ministry had, in December, declared blue bull, or nilgai, a vermin in Bihar.
Defending the Centre, Javadekar stated that taking such a decision was not the Centre’s prerogative, adding the Environment Ministry acted as per the law.
Maneka Gandhi on Thursday criticised Environment Ministry for alleged ‘killing of 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”.
The Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US for latest technology to help in arresting those engaged in poaching, he said.
The Environment Minister said a democratic decision-making process was being followed by the Modi government and all major decisions were taken after a consultative process.
Javadekar said his ministry will soon come up with a booklet highlighting 50 projects across the country that remained pending for years.
‘Process speeded up, standardised and made transparent without compromising on pollution norms’.
A five-member expert committee constituted by the National Board of Wildlife had visited the project site in April and submitted a report on the impact of the project on wildlife in the region.
“We have increased forest cover by 3,500 sq km. We have increased mangrove by 1,000 sq km. It is not a small achievement. It shows our direction and commitment,” said Javadekar.
Says govt working on Civil Penalties, CAMPA laws; no plan to demarcate ‘Go/No-Go’ forest areas.