We were in your home, Avni. I’m so sorry
I condemn the practice of forests and wildlife being sacrificed in the name of development. As Mahatma Gandhi said, the greatness of a nation can be judged by how its animals are treated. Governments across political lines, across India, should be working hard to protect nature, which is our only true asset — whether animals, birds or land.
This was truly a sad day for India. Despite all the activists’ efforts, Avni was shot dead. This could well mark a turning point in our ongoing battle over how to deal with man-animal conflict.
My heart goes out to the families of the bereaved; but surely there had to have been a better option than shooting a beautiful animal, a symbol of national pride, a mother of two.
It was we humans who encroached on your natural home, Avni. I’m so sorry.