How India Deals With Squatters: Elephants Used Bulldoze Illegal Jungle Shacks

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Now these guys are eviction officers you really wouldn’t want to argue with. 

In most countries removing squatters or clearing illegal traveller sites is a slow process, mired in red tape and held up by endless legal proceedings.

But in India they appear to have a developed a more direct solution.

At first glance, the elephants look like they are running amok destroying property but they are actually part of an elite squad used by Indian officials to clear forest land of illegal residents.

Eviction notice: An Indian elephant smashes down an illegal shack in the Assam jungle

Eviction notice: An Indian elephant smashes down an illegal shack in the Assam jungle

The jumbos are hired from local owners before being put to work bulldozing shack-like homes that dot the Assam region in north-east India.

Dr. R D Tanwar, chief conservator for forests, said: ‘The hilly terrain of the region makes it impossible for bulldozers or any large demolition vehicles to enter the region. And if we send in human demolition squads, people chase them away.

We hire elephants from local mahouts to demolish the huts as they are the only sensible way in the hilly region.’

The region has hundreds of elephants which were used in the lucrative timber trade, which has since been banned

The Indian state of Assan has hundreds of elephants which were once used for hauling timber before the practice was banned

The Indian state of Assan has hundreds of elephants which were once used for hauling timber before the practice was banned

There are more than a thousand domesticated elephants in the region,’ Animesh Prabat, a local resident in Ghandi Mandap Hills where the latest evictions took place, said

He added: ‘Earlier, they used to carry timber in the mountainous regions, but ever since they have been banned from doing so their owners have put them out to rent.

‘They are often used by people during marriages and weddings and other social functions.’

But animal welfare organisations have been up in arms against the forest department’s decision to use the endangered animal.

PETA India, CEO, Poorva Joshipura said: ‘The use of elephants to tear down illegal structures has always been and remains a ‘dumbo’ move.

‘Forcing these animals to ram into concrete and iron is a violation of Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and shows a total disregard for the welfare of our nation’s heritage animal.’

He added: ‘The government focus should not only be on protecting forests, but also the animals who reside in it, by ensuring they are not deliberately forced into acts that would cause them injury, distress and pain.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293409/How-India-deals-squatters-Elephants-used-bulldoze-illegal-jungle-shacks.html#ixzz2ODWj0ttQ
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Ninth Rhino Killed This Year: Poached in Kaziranga

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“Only just posted a story about the crackdown on poachers…yet here we are with another just killed! The only way to stop the poaching is for more more guards to patrol the park. I just don’t understand why, when it’s been proven that Rhino horn has no medicinal values; do they still take it?? I know it was tradition, but are people in the 21st Century still so stupid as to think it works like some kind of magic? Get some sort of media campaign going to explain to the people that they might as well take rat bones, as Rhino horn is useless for medicinal purposes. Target the shop’s that sell these stupid potions etc. Get more troops on the ground & shoot to kill poachers! Watch the video below, from last year; concerning poaching etc.”

Kaziranga:  A rhino was shot dead and its horns taken away by poachers in Kaziranga National Park, taking the total number of rhinos being killed this year to nine, Park officials said today.

Information purposes only

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Patrolling forest guards came across the bullet-riddled body of a male mature rhino near Kawoimari forest camp in Bagori range of the Park this morning, they said. “Is this saying the body was found near a forest camp for the rangers? If so, surely they could have jumped into action as soon as shots were heard??”

The forest guards also found two .303 rifles and several rounds of ammunition from the spot, they said. 

A massive search operation with sniffer dogs has been launched in the area to nab the poachers, they said. This is the ninth incident of rhino being killed in the Park since January this year.

Meanwhile, a walkathon was organised by Kaziranga University in association with Assam government’s Forest department as a part of the campaign to stop poaching of one-horned rhinoceros. It was participated by Assamese cine star Nishita Goswami, Arjuna Awardee Arjun Bhogeswar Baruah, Guinness Book World Record Holder Abhijeet Baruah along with several people from school, colleges and sports persons.

Also, forest guards found two .303 rifles from Bishwanath Bhola Chapori in Sonitpur district. The two rifles were found in the jungles near the northern bank of river Brahmaputra, a part of Kaziranga National Park’s sixth addition, forest officials said.

The arms recovered today was suspected to have been used by poachers who killed a rhino and removed its horn in the Park’s western range, where two rifles and several rounds of ammunitions were already recovered.

A massive search operation was on to nab the poachers who were suspected to have escaped to the northern side of the Park, sources added.

News Link:http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ninth-rhino-this-year-poached-in-kaziranga-332012

Endangered rhino: Displaced by floods, killed by poachers

 

Published on 30 Sep 2012

For years NDTV has been bringing you the Save our Tigers campaign, an effort that’s gone a long way in protecting our national animal. Tonight, we focus on another desperate situation, the condition of another endangered animal – the great one horned rhino – which is being decimated in Assam by machine gun wielding poachers, who are taking advantage of the flood emergency in the state.

Watch full show: http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/indi…

 

Crackdown Against Poachers In Kaziranga

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Jorhat: A crackdown against poachers is underway by a joint team of Assam police, IRBN and forest guards in Burpahar range of Kaziranga National Park

One Horned Rhino

Armed with sophisticated weapons, the security forces launched the operation at 2 AM today at Kukurakota area of the range, forest department sources said.

A battalion each from the India Reserve Battalion (IRBN) and state police, with 100 personnel of the forest department, including guards, have fanned out in the interior areas of the rhino habitat to net poachers.

Security measures have also been tightened inside and along the park’s boundary to prevent entry and attacks by poachers in the 430 sq kms World Heritage Site situated in Golaghat district of upper Assam, the sources said.

The crackdown was launched in the wake of poaching of eight rhinos in KNP since January this year. Rhino horn is prized for its aphrodisiac properties.

The state government has decided to divide KNP into four divisions under separate divisional forest officers to strengthen the management system and boost operational efficiency.

Shoot-at-sight orders could be considered in the Park to prevent poaching of rhinos and other wild animals, state Minister for Environment and Forest Rockybul Hussain has said.

News Link:-http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/crackdown-against-poachers-in-kaziranga-328936

Rhino reintroduction project

Published on 5 Jul 2012

Kaziranga National Park largely falls within the Brahmaputra River flood plains and gets inundated annually in the rainy season. The floods take a heavy toll on wildlife including rhinos. In addition to death by drowning and displacement on being washed away, increased rhino poaching has also been associated with these floods as the escaping animals are highly vulnerable when they move out of the park in search of higher ground.

WTI-IFAW‘s Rhino Rehabilitation Project aims to gradually repopulate rhinos in Manas, by relocating and rehabilitating orphaned or displaced hand-raised rhinos from Kaziranga National Park. This effort is supported by the Bodoland Territorial Council and the Assam Forest Department.This clip documents the process of the reintroduction of the displaced rhinos. 

For more details please visit:
http://www.wti.org.in/project-in-focu…
and go to:
http://www.wildlifetrustofindia.org/p… 
for update on flood that has hit Kaziranga this year as well

Anatomical impact of horn poaching in rhinos based on CT scanning

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“With the recent tragic deaths of 4 more Rhino being killed, (literally for the same thing our finger nails grow of,)  this video shows just how much the rhino suffer at poachers hands. One might think taking off the horn with an electric saw or similar would not have much effect on the rhino, if done properly & professionally by vets, it doesn’t…but when done by ugly poachers who don’t care about the rhino after they have their treasure etc. it has a huge impact of their survival rate.

Remember Themba & Thandi, (links below) the 2 rhino found wandering around with their horns hacked off. Sadly Themba (HOPE) suffered a leg injury on the night he was poached and as a result of infection passed away on the morning of the 26 of March 2012 . six months after their brutal attack, Thandi continues to show incredible fighting strength and miraculous recovery, she was one of a very few, lucky ones.”

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http://bit.ly/V47Kxy. This video presents an animation that seeks to replicate the anatomical impact of rhino-horn poaching, drawing on experience with the rhinos that were poached at the Kariega Game Reserve.

Rhinos are being injured and killed at an alarming rate to satisfy the illegal trade in rhino horn. This video is intended to draw attention to new, freely-available anatomical resources that can help in the treatment and care of rhinoceroses, as well as in the education of the public.

WitmerLab at Ohio University partnered with O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, OH, to generate the most complete CT scan dataset ever collected for an adult rhinoceros head (http://on.fb.me/H4kTks).

We scanned the head completely from front to back with slices only 300 microns (= 0.3 mm = 0.0118 inches) thick. The subject was Kehtla, a male white rhinoceros well known to generations of Phoenix, AZ, residents. In 1963, he was brought as a two-year-old from Natal, South Africa, to the Phoenix Zoo.

He passed away from cancer in 2003 at the age of 42. At that time, his head was air-freighted to WitmerLab for anatomical study. We removed the horns for a study published in 2006 (http://bit.ly/bnlspj) on how rhino horns grow and attach to the skull.

To generate this movie, four different CT scan datasets were assembled by Ryan Ridgely using Avizo (http://on.fb.me/GZMmoi).

The full CT dataset is available from WitmerLab, as are high resolution slice movies comparable to this movie. For news from WitmerLab, visit http://www.ohio.edu/witmerlab or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/witmerlab).

If you want to help the rhinos, go here:http://www.kariega.co.za/about-us/help-save-our-rhino-project.

Related:-https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/a-tribute-to-dr-fowlds-all-who-try-to-save-the-rhino-from-the-poaching-butchers/

Related:-https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/a-tribute-to-dr-fowlds-and-themba/

Related:-https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/rhino-killed-by-poachers-in-kaziranga/

Rhino killed by poachers in Kaziranga

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“I initially only added the last video, as it was very informative about rhino numbers etc. But then I found the first one from the KARIEGA Game Reserve, these incidents happened this year! Both videos are disturbing & I warn viewers to watch at their own discretion. However, to stop this war on rhino’s, I think it’s important that people see what is happening & be knowledgeable in the fact that the rhino horn is no more medicinal than my own finger nails. Knowledge is a great thing, so I ask that you share this information far & wide…we have to make those who demand rhino horn, see that it is worthless to anyone; except the rhino.”

The female rhino was killed in Bagori range of the Park and its horns taken away by the poachers, Park Director Sanjiv Bora said.

Patrolling forest guards found the fully mature rhino and some cartridges near the dead animal.

Eight people suspected to be involved in the killing have been picked up for interrogation.

This is the eleventh rhino killed in the Park by poachers during the current year.

News Link:http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/rhino-killed-by-poachers-in-kaziranga/57045/

Petition to sign:http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com/register.aspx

Petition to sign:- http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rhinos/?rc=fb&pv=65

Published on 12 Mar 2012 by 

FIRST RELEASE OF VIDEO FOOTAGE-KARIEGA RHINOS MONDAY 12 MARCH 2012

We are releasing the first of several video‘s taken by the team on the ground ,starting with this one taken at KARIEGA GAME RESERVE on Friday 2 March 2012.
Although this footage is quite shocking, we believe that the unbelievable courage shown in the fight for survival of our two Rhino’s Themba and Thandi must be shown to the world!

Furthermore, we will be shortly releasing a video message made by our ranger team on the ground titled UNITED WE STAND showing their utter horror to this scourge plaguing our country, and how extremely dedicated they all are to the continued survival of Thandi and Themba!

http://www.facebook.com/kariegagamereserve

Uploaded by  on 3 Sep 2011

As a whole, the world’s five species of rhinos make up the most endangered large animal group on the planet. This is due to relentless and vicious illegal poaching of rhino for their horns for use in Traditional Asian Medicine. Melinda MacInnis has made this video in the hopes of raising awareness about this global crisis. Please share this video widely and join the fight to halt rhino extinction.

Written and Produced by Melinda MacInnis
Edited by James Aikman
Director of Photography in Africa – John Mans

Another Elephant Killed By Speeding Train

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“I would like to know what they are going to do about it, so there can be no further casualties!”

GUWAHATI: An elephant was killed by aspeeding train on the outskirts of Guwahati on Wednesday night as the railway tracks continue to be a deathtrap for the pachyderms in the state.

Elephants risk life by crossing railway lines

A female elephant was killed in a collision with an inter-city train in the Kurkuria area under Sonapur forest range of Kamrup district on Wednesday night. The train was going from Guwahati to Tinsukia in upper Assam. The elephant, which had been separated from its herd, was dragged on the tracks by the train. The railway track where the mishap occurred is close to the Amsang wildlife sanctuary. Forest officials said the elephant would be around seven years old.

With the Wednesday killing, the total death toll of elephants due to collision with speeding train has increased to four this year. An elephant succumbed to injuries after being hit by a train at Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary in Jorhat district last month, while two elephants were knocked down to death in Karbi Anglong area on February and June. In May this year, an elephant was injured by a moving train in the Deepor Beel area, also in the outskirt of Guwahati.

Last year, five elephants were killed in collision with moving trains in different parts of the state, including three jumbo deaths in Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary alone.

In 2010, about seven elephants were knocked down to deaths by speeding trains in Karbi Anglong and Deepor Beel areas. The Wildlife Trust of India has identified at least 19 spots where railway tracks passes through elephant habitats. These spots have been declared sensitive.

According to Elephant Task Force (ETF), Assam tops with a 36 per cent of elephant casualties due to train-hits since 1987, followed by West Bengal with 26 per cent and Uttarakhand with 14 per cent.

News Link:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Elephant-killed-by-speeding-train/articleshow/15336691.cms?intenttarget=no

Waiting hopefully on injured ele Dhara, displaced from her herd during massive flooding in India

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“Donations, no matter how small, gratefully received to help pay for this little elephants vet fee’s & therapy!”

Dhara, an elephant calf, came to us on June 28th.

She had been hit by a car as she rushed across the highway in her efforts to find higher ground. Dhara is one of thousands of wild animals stricken by the deadly monsoon season we’re experiencing in the northeast Indian state of Assam.

I may have already seen hundreds of baby elephants, but seeing our International Fund for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Trust of India veterinarians taking an x-ray image of an elephant calf was truly a rare sight.

Dhara is now being cared for at IFAW’s Wildlife Rescue Center in the outskirts of Kaziranga National Park. The x-ray showed that Dhara is suffering from a knee dislocation on her left front leg.

She is about eight months old, and was found alone.

We believe she was displaced from her herd during the floods in the park.

An iron-reinforced cast was fixed on her leg to immobilize the joint for the next 21 days. The vets at the Center will review the wound after the stipulated time to see the progress.

In the meantime the calf is being looked after by the vets, animal keepers and two volunteers from the UK. They provide the calf with milk nine times a day and a healthy dose of food supplements.

Dhara pokes her head out of the nursery building. Credit: IFAW/S.BararuahDhara pokes her head out of the nursery building. Credit: IFAW/S.Bararuah

Dhara is very active despite the pain in her leg. She always keeps on exploring the enclosure and tries to climb up to the window to peep through and see if there is someone out there with food. And when the food comes she starts shouting out impatiently.

She looks awfully cute throwing baby tantrums to her keepers.

Even though she’s just a little calf, I felt that it was an elephantine task to tranquilize it, transport it to the center’s clinic, X ray her and fit an iron cast on her leg.

Now we’re all waiting for the 21stday of treatment when the vets will remove the cast to see the progress. I hope she regains her strength and is able to walk freely soon.

Stay tuned for more updates on Dhara coming soon. Many have asked how they can help support our efforts, and you can do so by donating here.

If you can donate, no matter how small, please click this link & follow the story of little Dhara:-http://www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/

News Link:-http://www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/news/waiting-hopefully-injured-ele-dhara-displaced-her-herd-during-massive-flooding-india

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