Jun 13, 2018

Last 2 jumbos in Sinharaja to be relocated

The last two elephants which had lived in the Sinharaja forest for a long time, are to be relocated to the Horowpathana area by the Wildlife ministry, said the Center for Environment and Nature Studies.

A wildlife department WP IN0513 lorry and another lorry have arrived at the location for the transfer of these elephants.

The Wildlife Ministry claims that several villages in the Kalawana and Rakwana areas had come under threat by these elephants, adding that this decision was taken to relocate these elephants due to this reason, said the National Organiser of this organization, environmentalist Ravindra Kariyawasam.

Wild animals cannot be controlled like soldiers

He further said, “While there are other options to resolve this issue protecting both humans and elephants, relocating these elephants to an environment unfamiliar to them will only expedite their death. The reason is that they are being shifted to a climate and environment unfamiliar to these animals. The Wildlife minister should be made to realise that wild animals cannot be controlled like soldiers. Instead of relocating these wild beasts there are many other alternatives that could be taken to protect both the wild animals and the people. Hence, we urge the minister to consider such alternatives that would not endanger the lives of these animals.”


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