Monday, March 08, 2010

Encroachment of space

Today, we humans have become so powerful that we tend to take advantage of all the freedom we have...I recently came across an article where 2 tiger cubs were poisoned to death because they killed a couple of goats on the outskirts of the Ranthambhore National Park (India). The goat herders were so furious that they decided to poison the killed goats and leave them for the tiger to feed on... the tigers did so and later died due to poisoning.

Even though the Bengal tiger numbers are fast falling, there is no process in place to protect these tigers from extinction. Apparently, the loss the goat herders incurred due to the death of those two goats was close to rupees two thousand. While I do understand that this is a big number for these villagers, the question is... is it right for us to encroach upon their (the wild animals') space and then kill them later for them simply wandering about in their own territory and habitat?

Reading the article made me weak in the knees... it makes me sad that such has become the state of affairs not only in a country like India but all over the world where humans are taking over more and more of the wildlife space that belongs to the wild creatures....

leave them alone and they will leave you alone...

Here's is the detailed article:

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