Two youths ensnare deer, kill it, split the meat to consume some and sell [the] rest. To have to read this in The Hindu recently, the article being accompanied by a gruesome photograph… not at all like that on the left, and on Ugadi, was sad.
Some points. The crime has been investigated by the anti-poaching squad of the Forest Department. The University will let the law take its course and allow civil authorities to take whatever action that is appropriate. According to the squad officials, the spotted deer was trapped, killed and the meat eaten in part and sold in part. A case will be booked against the perpetrators under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and they face a three year jail term and a fine of Rs 25,000.
Too little. The spotted deer, Chital, is a species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. So when the Hindu says The sprawling university campus with lots of green cover has a presence of wild life, the irony is not lost on us- who knows how much will last and for how long.
There is an urgent need for us in the University community to take steps to ensure that this act does not go unpunished, especially since the perpetrators are from within. This is the most difficult part of it… When those who live in this wonderful campus and partake of an environment that others can only envy from afar, how can we tolerate such actions that destroy the environment in this most dastardly manner. Clearly also, this is just the first time that the duo have been apprehended, and surely not that first time that they have caught and killed deer- it seems that the remaining meat was stored in the home refrigerator. If indeed it was just the duo- from what little one can glean from the newspapers, there may have been more persons involved.
I know that many of you care deeply about the campus and its environment. Please act.
Outright killing of a wild animal is one thing, but we also kill other animals slowly. The vanishing wildlife on our campus is evidence of either neglect not so benign, or of our introducing other species that change the balance. Feral dogs and cats, for instance. And, of course, seeing animals on campus these past few days that provide “rides” has not been much fun, I must confess. I don’t really see the need for this in a campus festival, and particularly in as environmentally sensitive a campus as ours. Or is this just an illusion that we care? My heart says NO! but my head says maybe…
Another act of poaching that should not go unnoticed. A research scholar has been nabbed for identity theft, stealing debit/credit card numbers and pins, and using this to make online purchases. Read all about it, again in today’s The Hindu. And this also has points of irony- we have just put together a one-year diploma course in Cyber Security, to be launched shortly…
Sadly, this is us.