The killing of tigress Avni in Yavatmal has caused outrage among wildlife activists.
Sarita Subramanian of the Earth Brigade Foundation, which has been fighting against the order to kill Avni, termed the killing a “state-sponsored fake encounter.”
“The court ordered to shoot the animal as a last resort, and with a proper squad comprising a wildlife biologist and tranquillising specialist,” Dr. Subramanian said. “The Maharashtra government, the non-government organisation responsible for camera footage, and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests have not only shown disregard to the court’s judgment but also tampered with evidence. If they could shoot the tigress from such a close distance, they could have easily tranquillised her. This whole argument of self-defence is a farce,” she said.
‘Cubs won’t survive’
She said she would continue to fight the matter in court and also expressed concern for Avni’s cubs.
“The cubs will not be able to survive without the mother. How will the courts and the Forest Minister answer that?” she said.
In a statement released on Saturday, Meet Ashar, Emergency Response Coordinator with the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, said, “Avni was killed illegally satisfying a hunter’s lust for blood, plain and simple, in possible contempt of court and in apparent violation of the Wildlife Protection Act and the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. She may not have died instantly but slowly, through pain and blood loss, and likely in front of her now orphaned and vulnerable cubs. This matter must be investigated and treated as a wildlife crime.”
Avni was killed illegally satisfying a hunter’s lust for blood
Emergency Response Coordinator, PETA
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