When the announcement came that we had won, it was an impossible moment of sheer excitement and disbelief and elation.
A contempt petition filed in the Supreme Court by animal rights activist Sunita Dongre was withdrawn by her after the court declared it invalid today and stated that the killing of tigress Avni was carried out as per court orders as she was a maneater.
Exclusive excerpt from 'Born Wild: Journeys into the Wild Hearts of India and Africa' by Swati Thiyagarajan
A pregnant elephant dies after eating a pineapple loaded with firecrackers. It's an agonizing death. She stands for days in water with her head submerged, trying to cool her hurt mouth; ultimately, she drowns.
The tiger as an umbrella species stands as the symbol of protection of our ecological future.
If you are caught harassing a whale, you can be fined up to 18 lakh rupees. However, it seems if you kill them with a fishery, it costs you nothing.
Perhaps what this recent video can teach us is to stop only seeing ourselves and our issues as the centre of the world and understand that everyone of us shares a space with every other non human animal on this the living planet.
If longer term solutions that fit with elephant ecology and local people needs are not worked out, this conflict is only going to get worse.
We are living on the borrowed future of coming generations and the poorest of our poor. Perhaps COP 24 could be the first step forward in changing this.
It is essential to recognise not just the right but the need to leave indigenous people alone, to not literally invade their space. Let us stick to boundaries and respect them.
Three days ago, the Odisha Forest department announced that the three-year-old tiger brought all the way to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve from the Kanha national park in Madhya Pradesh, a distance of 600 kms, had died three months after completing the journey. The tiger designated as T1 was publicly known as Mahaveer.
The death of a tigress in her prime is always a tragedy, no matter the circumstances that surround it. T1, popularly known as Avni, was shot dead at 11.35 pm on Friday night. In the bigger picture, as I wrote earlier ((hyperlink to earlier piece)), T1 shot or captured alive was dead to conservation goals the day she was marked for removal from the wild.
Lion fights are messy and injuries to their bodies would be immediately obvious. So it begs the question of why there are no definitive answers for the deaths when infighting is the main explanation given by the forest department. The department has admitted to the presence of an infection in the liver and lungs of some of the lions in their press release but have bla...
And what we have found, if we can just hold onto it, is that part of us that works with community, the part that puts someone else ahead of ourselves, the part that gives while asking nothing in return. It can change the world in the doing.