Bhubaneswar, October 14 (LocalWire): Wildlife activists have expressed deep concern over the rampant use of crude firecrackers for chasing the marauding elephants away from human habitats.
The firecrackers are used to chase the elephants in various forest divisions of the state, particularly in the Angul forest division, despite this being illegal.
While throwing fireballs or bursting firecrackers provokes elephants and makes it aggressive and violent, it also exposes the animals to injury risk.
“It leads the animals to go berserk, endangering the lives of people living in forest-side areas,” Wildlife Society of Orissa secretary Biswajit Mohanty said.
“The apex court in a ruling of 1 August 2018 had called for an end to the practice of using firecrackers for driving the animals away.
Besides, the practice also infringes upon the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Still, people continue to burst crackers to chase the animals with the forest department turning a blind eye towards it,” he stated.
Mohanty has also sent a petition to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden to seek the government’s intervention in the matter and ensuring the safety of animals.