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Posted: Aug 15 2012, 04:21 AM
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Joined: 30-August 11
Excellent, far-sighted comments in this article by Dr. Raman Sukumar and the admirable Vivek Menon.
Focus on Bengal
Centre puts elephant capture plan on hold
Buckling under pressure from the wildlife activists and NGOs, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has put on hold the plan to capture four wild elephants in Bengal for domestic use ...
Sukumar: The state should conduct a study on the routes used by the elephants, whether the forest patches are viable of holding the elephant population and identify the pachyderms which mostly lead the conflict.
Menon: Elephant is a social animal and capturing four from a herd will only make them more aggressive.
"They need to move and have stimulation. They need to be browsing, foraging, socialising. They need to have reason for movement." Pat Derby, PAWS, on elephants' needs.