Assam's ULFA turns wildlife conservationist



Assam`s ULFA turns wildlife conservationist Guwahati: Adopting the new role of wildlife conservationist, the banned faction of United Liberation Front of Asom today called upon the state forest department to involve international experts in removing horns of rhinos and curb poaching of these majestic animals.

In an emailed statement to the media here, the 'acting Chairman' of ULFA's anti-talk faction Abhizeet Asom called upon the forest department to declare the "process of de-horning of rhinos".

Asom's comments came a few days after a rhino died after its horn was sawed off by the forest department. The rhino had strayed away from Kaziranga National Park and took shelter in Majuli island in the Brahmaputra.

The rhino later died on March 25 due to internal injuries suffered during an attack by locals.

In the statement, ULFA said a transparent methodology of storing horns should be adopted and the revenue earned from it legally should be used for conservation efforts.

Asom said that help of renowned conservationist like John Hume of South Africa should be sought for this matter.

The ULFA has asked the forest department to emulate the Chinese example and take help of the public and NGOs for planting 'quick growing grass, bamboo, wild palms' as fodder for these herbivores.

PTI