Assam govt stops transportation of elephants to Gujarat
By Business-standard 28-Jun-2019
The Gauhati High Court in a PIL had earlier this week asked the government to pass an appropriate order by Thursday considering the safety and security of the elephants.
"In terms of the orders of the Hon'ble Gauhati High Court ... and in view of the prevailing heat wave conditions in the North-West parts of India, the permission granted ... is hereby kept in abeyance," Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Ranjana Gupta said in the order.
Gupta, who is also the Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam, issued four different orders mentioning the names of each of the elephants, who were proposed to be transported from Tinsukia district in Upper Assam to Gujarat.
Earlier, an expert committee formed by the government comprising veterinarians suggested against transportation of the animals.
"The body temperature of elephants is 37 degree Celsius and their comfort zone is 25-26 degree Celsius. On the other hand, the present weather conditions through which the elephants are proposed to be transported is found to be very hot," the report of the experts said.
"Thus, there is every possibility of heat stroke of the elephants by any means of transport," it said, adding the average temperature of the proposed transportation region is hovering around 45 degree Celsius at present.
Earlier this week, Assam Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi had urged Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar to intervene and stop the proposed transportation of the elephants from the state for the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad.
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