High Court may Help in Elephant Trading From Other States

Published on: 07 Oct, 2014
Published under: General Kerala News, Thrissur District News

Forest department is caught in a bind as it fears some recent orders of the high court will come in the way of its initiatives to curb transport of captive elephants into Kerala from other states.The latest order relates to the transport of an elephant from UP to Paravur in Kollam district, without the permission of the chief wild life warden.

The forest officials had taken the elephant into custody and had filed an FIR against Shaji Kaveri of Poothakkulam near Paravur before the judicial first magistrate of Punalur.

The elephant, which has been brought to the state with a temporary permit issued by the chief wildlife warden of UP, was found chained in the plot owned by Shaji, who already has seven elephants.

The officials are also worried about the cost involved in taking an elephant into custody, if it is found to be brought to the state violating the laws.As per the present estimate the department will have to shell out Rs 8 lakh per year to maintain an elephant taken into custody.

Src- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/high-court-order-may-help-elephant-trade-in-kerala/articleshow/44476026.cms

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