Maneka Gandhi attacks Javedkar for sanctioning killing of animals

New Delhi: Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday, hit out at the Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar for his statement on ordering the killing of animals that create problems for the farmers in the various areas.

In June 2015, Javadekar had given orders to the media that the animals like the blue bull and the wild boar which create nuisance to the farmers and the local population can be declared as vermin for a short time period. He had said, “We will give the states permission to kill these animals.”

Maneka, who is a known animal rights activist said that the ministry has sanctioned the killing of Elephants in West Bengal, Peacocks in Goa and Monkeys in Himachal Pradesh. The ministry of environment has issued notifications to the various states, sanctioning the killing of various animals which create problems for the human life.

On March 14, the Union Government issued a notification, declaring monkeys as vermin for a period of six months, in Himachal Pradesh.