Maneka upset with MP govt`s easing of hunting laws
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Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012, 13:27
  
Bhopal: Animal rights activist and BJP MP Maneka Gandhi has flayed Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Sartaj Singh's proposed move to simplify rules for hunting of wild boars and blue bulls as demanded by farmers and MLAs following damage to their crops by these animals.

"Let me clarify at the outset that this decision to permit hunting of wild boars and blue bull in the wild is not taken for the sake of farmers, but to benefit those private forest lodge operators who have cleints from Middle East and other countries," Maneka said over phone from Delhi.

She alleged that it appears that the Forest Minister must have been influenced by these lodge operators to permit hunting of these innocent creatures.

Already the population of wild animals in the country is reducing and with this decision things will become more worrisome, the MP from Aaonla in Uttar Pradesh, said.

"If a hunter is allowed to shoot in the forest, what will happen to other endangered animals freely roaming in the wild? Will they not get disturbed by the bullet sound. What will happen if these animals after getting disturbed come down to villages and towns or in case instead of a wild boar or blue bull, an elephant got killed accidentally by these hunters," she asked.

The government should not allow such things to happen as already forest cover and population of wild animals is reducing in the country, she said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012, 13:27


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