Tamil Nadu

Activists launch crusade against elephant deaths

Activists affiliated to the Nature Society of Tirupur have launched a long-term programme to prevent elephant deaths due to unnatural interventions.

“We will be ensuring participation of different stakeholders in the project,” K Ravindran, president of Nature Society of Tirupur, told The Hindu .

According to him, elephant deaths are happening in the country due to unnatural causes such as electrocution, poaching and after being hit by trains and other vehicles.

Joining hands with different agencies including government departments and village forums, the Society members would be educating the people on the importance of elephants to the ecosystem.

“We need to conserve the elephants, especially in the wild, as the dung of the animal contains the seeds of many plants they eat. The seeds thus deposited help grow fresh sets of plants in other areas.

“Likewise, the foot of the elephants crush the dead plants and gives room for fresh ones to grow”, pointed out Mr. Ravindran.

Encroachments

The Society members would also make attempts to remove encroachments on elephant corridors.

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