Con­ser­va­tion's flip side

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This refers to the cover story Out of Con­trol (16-31 Au­gust, 2015). It is a timely write-up. The havoc caused by mon­keys is much greater than what is cap­tured in the story. Vil­lages in Hi­machal Pradesh used to be self-suf­fi­cient in veg­eta­bles and fruits. Now, mon­keys have be­come such a men­ace that they do not spare any­thing. They even sneak into houses, open re­frig­er­a­tors and steal food. Con­stant vigil is not only time con­sum­ing, but also fu­tile as mon­keys raid vil­lages in troops. It seems the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act en­vis­ages pro­tect­ing wild an­i­mals at the cost of crop pro­duc­tion. Per­haps the act was passed by Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who were un­aware of the ground re­al­i­ties and prob­lems of ru­ral In­dia. I wish wildlife ad­vo­cates place them­selves in the con­di­tions faced by poor farm­ers. The min­istry con­cerned should im­me­di­ately de­clare mon­keys, blue bulls, sam­bar deer and pigs, whose num­bers are ex­plod­ing in the ab­sence of their nat­u­ral preda­tors like leop­ards, as ver­mins. Also, why can't In­dia earn for­eign ex­change by ex­port­ing mon­keys to other coun­tries when beef is be­ing ex­ported?

R C MISHRA

COM­MER­CIAL HOR­TI­CUL­TUR­IST PALAM­PUR, HI­MACHAL PRADESH

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