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To: Prakash Javadekar, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; State Governments
Do not approve sterilization of animals without assessing the impact on biodiversity
1. Do not approve sterilization of animals without accessing the impact on biodiversity.
2. Adhere to court ruling prohibiting sterilisation of elephants
Why is this important?
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) has launched a project to undertake ‘immunocontraceptive measures’ for population management of four species of wild animals — elephant, wild boar, monkeys and Nilgai(1).
Currently, there is a court injunction for using immunocontraception on elephants(2). The Ministry is trying to overturn the order and go ahead with the plan. The Asian elephant, once prevalent throughout India is now listed as an endangered species & included on the IUCN(International Union for Conservation of Nature), Red List! Out of the 40,000-50,000 Asian elephants in the wild, India is home to around 25,000 to 27,000 wild elephants.
The Human-wildlife conflict has been a result of the loss of habitat. Instead of focusing on the conservation of their natural habitats, the government wants to eliminate animals from the wild. The government’s decision has come without assessing the long-term impact on biodiversity, especially sterilisation of keystone species like elephants, which have been considered nature’s guardians for centuries(3).
We humans, are responsible for the loss of habitat of the wild animals. Let us not first take their homes and then their lives just for our convenience.