WE CANNOT BE THIS SELFISH AND SHORTSIGHTED
Had it not been for the media, not many in the country would have known about the killing of tigress Avni and the orphaning of her two cubs.
Things have reached such a pass that the forest department is killing tigers. How did this happen? Obviously, more forest land is being cleared either for cultivation or housing or factories or expressways. In our city’s case, a Metro yard at the Aarey colony.
Where are the wild animals supposed to go? They foray into human settlements looking for food. This has been captured on camera in areas adjoining the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. We humans must stop this trespassing into their forest areas. They have rights too.
It’s ironic that Project Tiger resulted in an increase in the tiger population in India but diminishing forest cover is causing man-animal conflict as a result. We cannot be this selfish and short-sighted. India is the home of the tiger. If we don’t protect it, no one else can.