It sounds crazy but few people love to wear apparels made from animal skin or fur. Many people unknowingly stock their wardrobe with luxurious vanity, jackets, belts and even shoes made of animal skin. Each year, the worldwide leather industry slaughters about a billion animals for tanning their skins. These animals undergo all horrific methods of factory farming which includes incarceration, deprivation, and castration, stamping, and tail-docking. Animals are also slaughtered for their fur, silk, leather, wool, feathers and many more.
Here, we have listed ten poor animals that are very commonly killed for making garments.
It is a widely known fact the silk clothes we wear are made from silkworms but have anyone ever given a thought that how the silk is obtained from the worms? The silkworm is a caterpillar or the larva of an insect Bombyx mori, commonly known as Silkmoth.
Sericulture involves boiling the cocoon worms alive in order to get the skein or the silk threads. Approximately 3000 silkworms are killed to produce a pound of silk only.
Seal hunting for commercial purposes in Canada is one of the cruelest and largest butcheries of marine animals on the Earth. Baby seals are often clubbed to death in order that their pelt may be used for human clothing.
Over a decade, approximately two million seals were killed; thousands of baby seals clubbed or shot for their fur every year. Expert vets studied and confirmed that this is the most brutal slaughters of its kind. Most of the seals are skinned alive. About 95% of the seals slaughtered are pups that are the babies of seals who are just a few weeks old and haven’t even eaten their first solid meal or taken their first swim yet.
Rabbits or bunnies are raised in captivity and sheared by brutal methods to get a kind of wool called angora.
Female rabbit yields more wool than male rabbits, therefore, in larger farms male rabbits are killed at birth. In some places, the workers tear the fur out of their delicate skin as frequently as every three months.
On many fur farms, foxes are kept in small and filthy wire cages before being killed for their fur.
These are caught in traps crushing their legs to bleed and until they die or hunters arrive. Further, the fur farmers use cheapest methods such as electrocution, suffocation, gas, and poison to kill these animals brutally.
In Australia, the global leader in merino wool export, Sheep are subjected to a cruel mutilation method in which workers in the farm carve flesh and skin from the backsides of the animals, most of the time without giving them any anesthesia or painkillers.
The method is called as mulesing.
In some farms, lambs are killed while in the womb of a mother sheep, even before being born.
This method is practiced to obtain karakul, a much softer and smoother variety of fur.
Chiru, which considered being an endangered species of Tibetan antelope, is found in the high Himalayas. These animals are directly hunted and killed for its fur, as they cannot be domesticated.
There is a thriving black market of Shahtoosh wool obtained from these wild Tibetian antelope, even though there is stringent law against it.
Mink jackets and coats have been considered as a status symbol for a long time. Because of its high costs, people believe that it’s a luxury to wear mink and only a few people can afford this. This led the little animals to die in thousands or more.
In order to get the costly fur material, these little creatures go through brutal handling by the farmworkers who grab the petrified, screaming minks by their tails, crowd them into a small suffocating container, and pump it full of gas to suffocate them till they die.
Beaver is an exceptionally gentle, social animal that mate for life and create a strong bond with its offspring.
Beavers are caught for its fur by using the body-gripping traps, which causes severe pain to these sensitive creatures until they die.
Dogs & Cats
Most of the fur products are sourced from dogs and cat and the fact is kept hidden from most consumers who buy such products.
Actually millions of dogs and cats in China are hanged, beaten, bled to death or strangled with wire nooses to obtain a good quality fur, which often mislabeled and sold in in many countries across the world.
The Other Side of White Tigers
The popular white tigers have been mesmerizing humans for centuries. White tigers are the Bengal tigers and not an albino nor a separate subspecies, as many people assume. When two Bengal tigers with recessive gene controlling coat color are bred together, the white tiger is born.
The unique look is the result of recessive genetic mutation of both the parents that halts the production of red and yellow pigments, which means the fur grows white instead of the natural deep-orange color.
Facts about white tigers
- White tigers are the Bengal tigers born with white furs. They are neither a separate subspecies of Royal White Tigers or Snow Tigers nor the albinos.
- The white fur of such Bengal tigers is a very rare genetic mutation which occurs in nature, possibly in as few as 1 in 10,000 wild tiger births.
- The natural behavior of tigers prevents the necessary inbreeding methods to produce white cubs. Since the unique recessive color variant occurs very rarely, breeders often go for intentional inbreeding of brother to sister, cousin to cousin, and so on.
- Sometimes, white Bengal tigers are crossed with Siberian tigers to get a larger breed which as a result causes even more genetic problems.
- This kind of captive inbreeding of white tigers causes high neonatal mortality rates, exceeding over 80%.
- Most of the tigers needed to inbreed several times to get the one perfect white cub, which the exhibitors can market to the public. Here we need to think about those cubs that aren’t “perfect”. What happens to them?
- In order to get a perfect white cub, the average number of cubs born is 1 in 30. So, 29 tigers out of 30 born either with typical deformity, or considered as the wrong color and euthanized, or die soon after birth due to genetic flaws.
- White cubs were once being sold for about $50,000 each. Now the price has dropped drastically as the breeders have produced many of them.
Be the person your dog thinks you are!!!
When we bring a puppy or dog into the family it is quite essential to know a few things about how to take care of dogs. Proper nutrition, as well as physical and emotional care, is the most important things for pets.
Here are a few things we need to know.
Arrange a secure and hygienic shelter.
Providing a free living space with good hygiene is the basic need of any pet. It not only adds quality to its life but also helps in healthy growth.
Always provide fresh water to drink.
It is important to maintain optimum hydration levels for health and energy. So, always provide your dog with enough water to drink.
A quality diet is a must, however, avoid obesity.
Overweight is the door to almost all kind of diseases. Hence, consult a veterinarian and provide the right food to your dog to fulfill the nutritional needs of the pet. Since the quality and quantity of food depends on the size, age, level of activity and breed, it is always necessary to consult a veterinarian.
Visit veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis.
It is not just food; a veterinarian also provides information regarding vaccination, deworming and external parasite control. Maintain a vaccination record of your dog and contact veterinarian if you find your dog is ill, injured, or something unusual.
Provide them plenty of opportunities to exercise.
For a healthy life, even your dog needs proper exercise regime. Once again, as per the age, size and breed, check what amount of exercise your dog needs to maintain a healthy life.
Interact with your dog and develop a bond.
It is necessary to communicate and interact with your dog. Provide them quality time and try to understand their particular needs. This will also help in developing a relationship and prevent undesirable behavioral patterns.
Train your dog.
Training your dog to follow simple commands is very helpful. It is believed that the dog interpreting it’s master’s commands and following the basic instructions lives a safe and healthy life.
Practice reproductive control.
If you plan to breed your dog or are opposed to spaying and neutering, then take proper measures to prevent mismatings. Consult with a veterinarian regarding the problem.
Dental care is essential.
Gum disease can have serious implications. Such infection leads to premature tooth loss and infection in other major organs including the heart valves. Be careful about such things and take appropriate measures to avoid dental infections.
Grooming and nail trimming on regular basis.
Regular brushing help to keep the coat knot-free and it also reduces shedding as well. Overgrown nails are also too common and it creates difficulty for them to walk. Therefore, always keep your dog’s nails trimmed.
Surprising Fauna Facts!!!
The more we know about animals, the more we understand that they’re really amazing. Although animals are a lot like us, they also do have quite a few amazing attributes and skills from whom we should learn.
Let’s know more about these surprising facts about animals.
- The heart of a shrimp is positioned in its head.
- A snail can sleep for three years.
- Slugs have four noses.
- Elephants are the only animal that can’t jump.
- A rhinoceros’ horn is made of hair.
- It is possible to hypnotize a frog by placing it on its back and gently stroking its stomach.
- It takes a sloth two weeks to digest its food.
- Nearly three percent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.
- A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
- Bats always turn left when leaving a cave.
- Giraffes have no vocal cords.
- Kangaroos can’t fart.
- An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
- Around 50% of orangutans have fractured bones, due to falling out of trees on a regular basis.
- Frogs cannot vomit. If one absolutely has to, then it will vomit its entire stomach.
- Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.
- Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year by merely forgetting where they put their acorns.
18. Turtles can breathe through their butts.
- Gentoo penguins propose to their lifemates with a pebble.
- Rats laugh when tickled.
- Pigs’ orgasms last for 30 minutes.
- Oysters can change gender depending on which is best for mating.
- Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them.
- Turritopsis Nutricula Immortal jellyfish is the only species known to live forever.
- Butterflies taste with their feet.
Three leopards found dead in Uttarakhand jungles
India achieved a landmark and is now the biggest hub for Tiger conservation. We observed the International Tigers day just a few days ago with the growth in the tiger population by 741 numbers. India is the home for 2967 tigers. Madhya Pradesh has maximum numbers of tigers followed by Karnataka and Uttarakhand.
In Uttarakhand, shockingly three leopards were found dead due to poisoning. This was confirmed after autopsy.
According to sources, just a day before three leopards was found dead in different locations in Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar district’s Lal Dhang area. All three carnivores were found dead in three different jungle divisions.
The dead bodies of these wild leopards had been sent for postmortem at the Zoo rescue centre and on the basis of the autopsy report, it was revealed that all of them had died of poisoning.
According to a news report, the forest department of Pauri Garhwal and Haridwar district have said that prima facie it seems to be a conspiracy of killing these leopards.
The entire forest and wildlife department is in a state of shock as never before back to back deaths of three leopards happened in the past and that too within the radius of a mere one-kilometre.
After acknowledging this information, the forest and wildlife officials of Lansdowne, Haridwar and Rajaji National Park and Tiger reserve hurriedly reached the spot. However, they could not reach any definite conclusion as to how these three deaths occurred in a sequence and that too due to poisoning.
All three leopards were in the age group of 4 to 8 years. As per sources, the forest and wildlife officials stationed at Zoo under Haridwar forest division received the news about the dead body of a leopard in the Haridwar districts Lal Dhang area on Thursday evening.
The range officer of the Zoo of Haridwar forest division Mukesh Kumar immediately rushed to the site to locate the dead leopard but due to pitch darkness could not find the body.
The forest division’s team again started the search the next day on Friday. After an extensive search operation, the team could finally figure out the leopard’s dead decomposed body. The body was emanating a foul smell and was found on the backside of the Kali Mata Temple in Lal Dhaang area.
Prima facie it was revealed that the leopard died due to poisoning. Sensing something fishy and risky to the other wildlife behind the poisoning conspiracy, the forest department’s team minutely checked the jungle area.
The forest team was shocked to find another body of the leopard some distance away at the Rawasan Range of Rajaji Tiger Reserve Park. The forest officials of the concerned division took the dead body under their charge.
While the search was on, the team found one more dead leopard near the bank of Rawasan river in the Lal Dhaang range of Lansdowne forest division.
After being informed about these three back to back recovery of three dead bodies of these carnivorous animals in the Pauri and Haridwar district areas the DFO Akash Verma hurriedly reached the spots where all the three dead bodies were found. All the three dead leopards were found within a radius of one kilometre. Therefore the centre of investigation has been fixed at Lal Dhang forest range near Rawasan river.
The investigation in the matter has been expedited by the forest division in league with the police department of Haridwar.
It’s indeed a matter of immense worry that three endangered species of Uttarakhand leopards have been killed due to poisoning.
However, there had been a spike in the incidents of maneater leopard attacks in various parts of Uttarakhand with the majority of these carnivorous animals becoming man-eaters killing the local inhabitants every third day. In another shocking incident yesterday evening a maneater leopard attacked a woman in a jungle at Almora where the victim had gone to cut grass along with her friends. When the panicked girl created a noise the maneater threw the girl into a rivulet injuring her grievously on the head and other parts of her body. She was admitted to a local hospital.
Amazing Sundarban Forest!!!
The Sundarbans is a mangrove forest spans across the borders of India and Bangladesh. It is a delta formed by the confluence of Brahmaputra, Ganges and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. The forest is extends from the Hooghly River in India’s state of West Bengal to the Baleswar River in Bangladesh. The Sundarbans are comprised of wide variety of flora and fauna which attracts millions of tourist from all over the world.
Apart from its incredible beauty and wildness there are also other amazing facts.
It is the largest Mangrove forest in the world. The tremendous growth of mangrove is due to the coastal water around the Sundarbans. 40% of the mangrove forest comes under India, while rest of the forest comes under Bangladesh. It is also considered to be the UNESCO World heritage site.
Sundarbans (India) is ten times bigger than the city of Venice. Encompassing 4000 sq. km, the Sundarbans Forest in India has 102 islands, out of which 54 are inhabited and rest of the area is covered with the forest.
The dense mangrove forests are home to the royal Bengal tigers. It is believed that Sundarban has the largest number of royal Bengal tigers in the world.
The name Sundarban has been given after a mangrove tree that is named as Sundari which in Hindi means beautiful. That is why Sundarban is considered to be as a very beautiful place.
As declared by the Fishery Board of India, Sundarban is the largest Biosphere Reserve in India because of its brackish water fish production and marine fisheries.
There is a village called widow village in Sundarban, which is home to India’s resilient Tiger Widows.
Sundarban is also famous for its night safaris due to the Phytoplanktons, the small micro-organisms that reflect light in the dark new moon.
So, these are a few facts that we have tried to present you; however, there are many more other amazing facts about Sundarban.
180 countries to watch PM Narendra Modi in Discovery channel’s globally popular show Man Vs Wild on 12th August
The prime minister Narendra Modi has been featured in an interesting globally famous programme of Discovery channel Man Vs Wild with its adventurous presenter Bear Grylls to be telecast on Discovery on 12th August.
This unique programme would be telecast on the television channels of 180 countries of the world to be viewed by billions of viewers.
Prime minister Narendra Modi would be the first prime minister of independent India to be featured in this unique TV show of discovery channel. However, United State president Barak Obama and few other international dignitaries had featured in this programme of discovery channel in the past.
The globally popular presenter also known for taking high risks in various adventures of his episodes of Man Vs Wild programme has tweeted: People across 180 countries will get to see the unknown side of the PM @narendramodi as he ventures into Indian wilderness to create awareness about animal conservation & environmental change.
Catch Man Vs Wild with PM Modi@ DiscoveryIN on August 12 @9 pm. # PMModiDiscovery. On World Tigers Day today, prime minister Narendra Modi announced that there are 2967 tigers in India, about 741 more than the previous census.
It’s indeed a healthy sign towards the conservation and promotion of the endangered species in India.
Prime minister Narendra Modi’s special interest and dedication in the conservation of animals especially tigers is being lauded by the animal lovers of the country and the globe.
The Man Vs Wild episode with Bear Grylls was shot for the whole day at Jim Corbet Park on the ill-fated day of ghastly Pulwama tragedy and from where he was in regular touch with the tragic developments.
The entire shooting was materialised in the dense jungles and river of Jim Corbet Wildlife Park with prime minister Narendra Modi wearing a cap and military jacket. He is seen walking in dense jungles with Grylls interacting on wildlife etc.
Titled as “Epic adventure of a lifetime” this special episode of Discovery’s Man Vs Wild encompasses prime minister Narendra Modi’s fearlessness and his habit to confront adventurous situations with ease, especially when he travels over the river tides on a temporary hand made canopy boat with Bear Grylls.
While making him sit on the temporary boat and offering jacket Bear Grylls says to Modi not to worry as you are a very important person for your nation and it’s my full responsibility to ensure your safety.
According to the news reports the world would see prime minister Narendra Modi doing brave acts inside the dense jungles of Uttarakhand’s Jim Corbet Park.
In the entire episode, the PM is walking freely with ease along with the show presenter Bear Grylls.
This programme has been specially designed to promote prime minister Narendra Modi’s special interest and commitment to save and conserve tigers.
However, the Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, as usual, has criticized prime minister for being busy in shooting on the day when tragic Pulwama massacre was happening in Kashmir.
As expected of him, he asked: Is prime minister Narendra Modi Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan that he was busy in shooting as a Bollywood actor in the day of Pulwama tragedy, the accusations strongly opposed by the BJP leadership.
180 countries to watch PM Narendra Modi in Discovery channel’s globally popular show Man Vs Wild on 12th August.
Killing of elephants in elephant corridors in train accidents concerns wild life conservationists
The number of wild elephants in Uttarakhand is decreasing day by day and the basic reason behind this lessoning of elephant numbers is their killing in the official elephant corridors by train accidents.
The forest department of Uttarakhand is once again under question after the rampant incidents of brutal human killings by maneaters and killings of elephants going side by side in official elephant corridors with no role of the department in avoiding these dreaded incidents. Just a day ago an elephant has been killed in a train accident in the elephant corridor in the Tanda Forest area about sixty kilometres away from Nainital .
Just about two months ago a male elephant has been killed in an accident in the same train corridor sending shock waves amongst the animal loving fraternity of the state. It may be recalled that the Tanda Forest area is directly connected with the Ram Nagar Corbett . The elephant’ groups (JHUND) prevalent in Jim Corbett area usually use the Tanda forest corridor and pass near by Bindukhaata jungle Areas to reach Gaulapaar areas in Kumaon Uttarakhand.
The elephant being the animal covering long distances inside forests sometimes come on railway lines and get cut/ killed in accidents of speeding trains and this is what has been taking place for the last several months. These elephants also cross jungles to eat the crops in agricultural fields.
The female elephant who was killed by train accident near Central Medicine Plants Institution near Haldwani was also intending to go to agricultural fields to eat crops but got cut in a speeding train accident.
What is highly shocking about this whole episode is that just in a years’ time about five elephants have been killed through train accidents. The forest department has no solution to these increasing incidents of train accidents killing elephants in prescribed elephant corridors and not a single erring train driver has been punished till date as well.
Meanwhile, the incidents of attacks of man eater leopards are still on the rise in various parts of Uttarakhand. Just yesterday in Pirumadaar, near Ram Nagar, Uttarakhand a mentally retarded man was brutalLy attacked by a leopard near the MAAJAAR OF A MUSLIM SAINT namely Nathapir who was later on addmitted to the local hospital with grievous injuries.
Just three days ago a 65 year old man was brutally killed by a man eater in Chowbattakhal area of Pauri Garhwal, killing him on the spot near a roadside bus shed with half of his dead body literally torned and mutilated profusely bleeding. The incidents of man eater attacks are rapidly increasing in Uttarakhand and the incessant killing of elephants in train accidents in elephant corridors is also a matter of immense concern for the wild life conservationists and the forest department of Uttarakhand.
WILD LEOPARD AND BEAR ATTACKS HAVE CREATED HAVOC IN UTTARAKHAND. WILL THE GOVT DO SOMETHING CREDIBLE?
The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is under the incessant invasion of dangerous wild life and the government of the day and its forest department is conspicous by their absense in not doing anything concrete to counter the wild life’s terrorising menace. The situation has assumed so risky proportions that human life is today completely at mercy of the wild cats and the bears. Number of incidents of gruesome killings at the behest of the maneater leopards, tigers and wild bears have come to notice for the last two years with the number of casualties increasing day by day but of no avail on the part of the state government to set right the situation. A most tragic incident of wild bear attack was reported in a village in Yamkeshwar block where a local inhabitant of Umdaa village, 59 year old CHANDRA PRAKASH was badly injured as he litrally fought with the bear and suffered deadly injuries. The grievously injured is in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh fighting for survival. The injured had gone to the nearby jungle to collect fodder for cows and buffaloes when he was attacked by the wild bear. It is usually said that the bear who remain in the high mountain altitudes come down during the winter season due to the excessive snow covers that creates green food shortages. In addition to this the increasing activities of construction and the so called development has disturbed the wild life particularly the leopards and bears who come near the human settlements i.e. the forests adjoining the villages. When the men and women enter jungles for green grass or animal fodder these wild animals become fearful and attack them in self defence as well as lack of food stuff. While in 2017 about 140 leopards were declared as man eaters there had also been 17 bear attacks in the Chamoli district’s Bhatwari village range grievously injuring several women and children who’d gone in the local jungle for pet animal fodder. In Almora, Rudraprayag and Pauri districts too these incidents of wild life attacks resulting in several casualties have created an alarming situation with the Uttarakhand Forest Department having no clue, whatsoever, to safeguard the precious lives of the states’ inhabitants. Uttarakhand is already suffering from mass scale migration with thousands of villages having become ghost villages. The monkeys, wild pigs had already destroyed the agricultural produce of the villagers and the increasing man eater leopard and bear attacks have also made the life of the villagers tremendously dangerous and unpredictable. In the last week two shocking incidents of leopard attacks were reported from Uttarakhand’s Almora district in which two precious lives of a 6th class student and a twenty five year old were claimed by the maneater tigers. While the dearth of animal preys is cited as one of the prime reason for wild cats coming nearer, towards human settlements to fulfil their hunger , another reason may be due the villages becoming vacant these wild animals find themselves convenient to come closer towards them ( the villages with little population) and kill human beings when confronted with.
leopard attacks on frequent rise in Uttarakhand. One more girl killed near Nainital Haldwani Highway
The horrifying leopard attacks in Uttarakhand have become the order of the day and there seems to be no end to this menace. There seem to be no efforts from the state government’s concerned departments to ensure the safety of the hill people, particularly the women and children who’ve become extremely vulnerable to these increasing attacks.
On the one hand there is special emphasis by the wild life department to conserve tigers and leopards as they are considered to be the vanishing spieces but in Uttarakhand which is inhabited by 73% jungles the leopard menace has so far taken around 250 lives in just one and a half decade with majority of the incidents of grievous unjuries not being reported by the poor and hapless villagers.
I have been writing very often on this subject as other scribes too are reporting in print and electronics media but regretfully the government seems to be least bothered to pay special attention on this front. After the exodus of the hill people to cities, towns and metropolises the villages of Uttarakhand are rapidly losing population and as such there is tremendous dearth of pet animals like goats, cows and buffaloes.
Moreover the rampant activities of construction and subsequent intervention with nature has also resulted in disturbance of the wild life, particularly the leopards and panthers. In the absense of adequate food and disturbance due to the enhanced construction activities these freely roaming leopards conveniently enter the villages and human settlements and attack the women or children working and playing in the agricultural fields cladestinely to fulfill their hunger.
Such horrifying incidents of leopard attacks have been frequently witnessed in several villages of Pauri Garhwal district, in and around the 200 to 300 kilometre of the Jim Corbet national park and in Kumaon division as well. The maximum victims are the women and children who are quite vulnerable to such attacks as they work in agricultural fields and often go the jungles for fodder and firewods at odd hours.
Just a day before a dreaded leopard had cladestinely made a seven year old girl its prey and grabbed her thigh and the face leaving her dead, while profusely bleeding, in the jungles after the local inhabitants made lot of noise in unison. According to a news report released from Nainital a maneater leopard literally killed a 7 year old girl child who was going towards a jungle under the jurisdiction of BELUVKHAN GRAM SABHA adjacent to the Nainital Haldwani National highway.
The leopard who was clandestinely keeping an eye on the mother daughter duo literally snatched the girl child from the mothers captivity and dragged her up to five hundred metres in broad day light leaving behing the dead body inside the jungle after the group of the local villagers created panic and noise. When the villagers recovered her dead body the victims thigh and face were completely mutilated with the leopards punch and jaws, profusely bleeding.
The girl died instantly. According to the news report Rekha Devi alongwith her daughter was going to the jungle for firewoods in the afternoon at 2.30 PM. A leopard who was hiding near a house immediately out of the blue grabbed the 7 year old girl with his jaws and dragged her upto 500 metres, finally killing her. There was panic all around. Meanwhile when the victims mother raised an alarm, some of the local villagers gathered and raise an alarm with collective noise after which the man eater( predator) left the dead body behind and skipped away.
By the time the local police, revenue officials and the forest guards reached the spot and brought the profusely bleeding dead body on the road for post mortom. Such incidents of these predators have made the lives of women and children a hell in Uttarakhand and the government seems to be negligibly bothered for the safety and security of the people. If these leopard attacks are frequently continued not only will it lead to more exodus of the villagers to cities but will also affect adversely, the states tourism sector which is considered to be the major earning source of the UK’s economy.
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM
Man eater wild cats let loose their terror in Garhwal’s villages
While the chilling winters of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand has been the main attraction for the tourists all around the globe enthusing and encouraging tourists, thronging the upper reaches of the Himalayan belt – the incessantly emptying villages due to unrestricted, uninterrupted and intermittent migration and influx of the interior village populace of Uttarakhand towards the cities, towns and metropolises, particularly the villages of Pauri Garhwal districts are witnessing the increasing incidents of tiger attacks and subsequent terror let loose by these wild cats, not even within the control of the forest department officials of Uttarakhand.
As per the picture sent by the prominent Uttarakhand journalist, stationed at Pauri Garhwal, Jagmohan Dangi, the situation has become so awry and threatening due to the wild cat attacks that the local villagers are not finding it safe to live in villages, particularly during odd hours. Recently, in a DHAUDA VILLAGE under the jurisdiction of MANYARSIUN PATTI of Pauri Garhwal district a tiger cladestinely entered the cow shed and literally made six goats its prey, leaving four in half dead condition while grievously injuring them, due to apprehension of the tumultuous sounds of the local crowd who reached the vicinity after sometime.
It was the sheer good luck of the local residents that being indoors they were lucky enough not to fall themselves, prey to this predator. The tiger fled before the forest officials could reach the spot. Such incidents of tiger spotting and attacks have become the order of the day in Uttarakhand and lack of animal prey ( food) inside the jungles and increasing construction activities have led to these wild cats coming closer to human settlements, thus making human beings and the pet animals their direct and easy prey.
The lack of population in villages is also one of the reasons for the wild cats finding it easy to enter villages facing no confrontation or danger of human counter actions. Just a month or two ago a wild cat ( tiger) had entered a house in a busy locality of Dehradun and created havoc but left the premises before the forest staff could reach the vicinity. While tiger conservation is undoubtedly mandatory to protect the wild life, particularly in view of the vastly decreasing numbers of the tigers in Uttarakhand, its also the primary duty of the government of the state and the centre to safeguard the precious lives of human beings and the pet animals on whom the sustenance of the hill people solely rests.
Over 140 leopards and tigers have been declared maneaters in Uttarakhand in just 15 years, according to the state forest officials. There have been hundreds of cases of tiger attacks and killings in Uttarakhand with children and women being the easy prey of the wild cats in majority of the areas.
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM
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