Guwahati: Speed detection guns should be used to stop speeding trains from hitting elephants crossing railway tracks and wounding them fatally, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demanded on Monday.
In a letter to Union Minister of Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh, the animal rights body claimed that it has got a speed detection gun from the USA and offered to meet him
to demonstrate the effectiveness of the device.
"The use of speed detection gun coupled with other measures to prevent collisions will help protect elephants, a national heritage species, from further harm," PETA said in
PETA condemned the running over of seven elephants Banarhat area in West Bengal`s Jalpaiguri district on September 23 and in Assam recently and alleged that the
train drivers flout norms and go in top speed resulting in the death of the animals.
A total 150 elephants have been runover on the tracks since 1987, PETA said adding the instances would recur unless the speed detection was used.