In Wildlife-Human Conflict, Is Killing Of Innocent Animals The Only Solution
On the recommendations of the three Indian States, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand, the Centre had
issued notifications permitting these three states to kill Nilgai, wild boar and Rhesus Macaque Monkeys respectively for one
year, on the ground that they were posing danger to human life and causing harm to crops.
The move has been condemned by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, wildlife and animal protection experts saying that
Ecological balance simply cannot be restored through the barrel of a gun. Wildlife activists are of the opinion that decision
for culling was taken without conducting any study on the danger posed by the animals to human habitat. The killing of
wildlife causes tremendous suffering and opens the door to the illegal wildlife trade, but does nothing toward providing
genuine long-term solution for farmers or others facing conflict. There was therefore the need to understand the animal
population and adopt scientific and humane ways of controlling their very population by sterilizing them and relocating them
to protected sanctuaries.
Index terms- Culling, Vermin, Blue Bull (Nilgai), Wild Boar, Rhesus Macaque Monkey, Environment, Crops, Sterilization,