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You will know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird.....
So let`s look at the bird and see what it`s doing --that`s what counts.
I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."

-Nobel Laureate Richard P Feynman(1918-1988)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Farmers to be permitted to shoot wild boars

The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to grant special permission for killing of wild boars destroying crops.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told the media after the Cabinet meeting that farmers would be allowed to shoot wild boars attacking their crops subject to stringent conditions. Permissions for this would have to be obtained from the forest officials and the permits would carry clear stipulations. The carcasses of the boars should be burned and not used as meat.

The Chief Minister said that attack by wild animals caused losses of crops running into crores of rupees in the State. There were also threats to life of farmers living by the side of forests. A committee constituted by the previous government had recommended granting to permission to kill wild animals for the sole purpose of protecting crops.

Mr. Chandy announced that the Cabinet had sanctioned Rs. 70 lakh to provide compensation to fishermen whose nets had been damaged by puffer fish. The government would provide 75 per cent of the cost to buy new nets while the fishermen would have to bear 25 per cent of the cost. Attacks by puffer fish (with strong teeth capable of crushing its prey such as mussels) had been reported mostly from Alappuzha and Kollam.

The report published in The Hindu dated 16-6-2011


  1. Yet another order for nature destruction.

  2. With today's shrinking wild lands, the man- animal- conflict is a topic that cannot be ignored. What is foraging for the animal is often considered as destruction for the humans. And when it comes to the controversial subject of species protection and economic impact on humans, the politicians sadly prefer to side with humans. And the easiest solution for the problem is sadly culling. I wonder why can't they think of other options instead of killing the animals. Whatever stipulations they put, people will find loop holes and it will be like encouraging poaching. Why can't they think of other methods like translocation or birth control instead of culling?