India's first fenced jumbo habitat
soon have its first elephant sanctuary in a fenced, forested space which will allow elephants to move freely in the secure area. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an international animal rights and conservation group, and Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka, have collaborated on the project. "The Bannerghatta Biological Park is being modified to allow elephants to live naturally. The sanctuary is home to 15-year-old Sunder, who was liberated by the Supreme Court in 2014 from a harsh life at Maharashtra's Jyotiba temple. It now houses 15 elephants," said Manilal Valliyate of PETA India. Elephant expert Margaret Whittaker will train local caregivers in "protected contact", a safe method of interaction between humans and elephants which keeps them separated and uses positive reinforcement techniques instead of physical punishment to manage the animal.
Jayanthi Natarajan, former environment minister on denying environment clearance to Vedanta under pressure from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi
"Fortunately, my decision was upheld by the Supreme Court"