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Post: 20-C, Lane 12, off Khaya­ban-e-It­te­had, Phase II Ex­ten­sion, DHA, Karachi 75500 which is found in the Hi­malayan re­gion. There are re­ports that its pop­u­la­tion has fallen to less than 450. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of govern­ments and wildlife pro­tec­tion min­istries and de­part­ments to take steps to save these wild an­i­mals from ex­tinc­tion.

I would like to give the ex­am­ple of the US govern­ment here which took a com­mend­able de­ci­sion in this re­gard. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion re­cently an­nounced that it would de­stroy all the stocks of seized ivory as an ef­fort to dis­cour­age the il­le­gal poach­ing of wild ele­phants. In Africa, as many as 35,000 ele­phants were killed for their tusks last year. When the US govern­ment can take such a step, de­spite the fact that ele­phants are not found there, why can’t the govern­ments of South Asian coun­tries, which are home to en­dan­gered an­i­mals such as the Ben­gal Tiger and Asian ele­phants, do the same? One would ex­pect some ur­gent mea­sures at least from the govern­ments of In­dia and Bangladesh whose na­tional an­i­mal, in­ci­den­tally, is the Ben­gal Tiger. Ma­hesh Agarwal New Delhi, In­dia

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