Animal Rights Lobby Unconcerned About Farmers Plight In Himachal – Peoples Action Group

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Shimla: With farmers resorting to shooting down monkeys in order to protect crops and farmlands, an urban – rural divide has surfaced with many city based NGO’s opposing the killings while some have come out in support of the farmers action.

Peoples Action Group (PAG) an NGO has come out in support of the direct action program launched by Khethi Bachhao Sangarsh Samiti (KBSS) to cull monkeys and wild boar for saving crops and reclaiming fertile farmlands.

Bhupender Singh, president of PAG, said that a fist full of NGO’s were giving precedence to animal rights over human rights to livelihood.

Lip sympathy is extended when farmers suicide cases are reported in the media, he said, but when it comes to protecting crops or reclaiming fertile lands rendered barren because of overgrown population of monkeys and wild boars destroying crops, no voice is raised and even the government shies away from its responsibility to resolve the man-animal conflict.

He said that marauding armies of monkeys was forcing farmers to give up agriculture and increase the number of unemployed in the state.

Spearheading the program to cull simians, Kuldeep Tanwar, a former IFS officer said, “it was an irony that people sitting in plush cushioned sofas in air conditioned offices, who had never associated themselves with the grass root peasantry of the country, were issuing statements without knowing the gravity of the problem.

“There is the National Welfare Board, and National Board of Wildlife, whose chairman is the Prime Minister, but not a single member of either of them understands the problems of peasants,” he said.

There are 2.36 crore members of All India Kisan Sabha and not one of them is a member of these boards, he pointed out.

Tanwar said that over 75 % of villages in Himachal were affected by the monkey menace and former forest minister Jagat Prakash Nadda had admitted in the Vidhan Sabha that primate parks made and supported by the state government had failed to contain the problem, despite spending Rs 14 per monkey for diet purposes.

The monkey sterilization program launched by the state government would only deliver tangible results after 20 years and has proved a failure, he said.

Editor-Reporter with Hill Post, Ravinder Makhaik as a journalist has for over two decades worked for India’s leading newspapers and television networks.

2 Comments

  • Subhash Mendhapurkar says:

    Culling is a universal process and large number of animals, when their growth is disapprobation to the natural balance, they are culled. We were demanding scientific methods to cull these animals (monkeys, wild boar and neelgai) for ages, but due to some religious feelings, this was not done and now they have to be killed indiscriminately, which is sad but necessary to maintain balance between animals and nature. People who are opposing such culling (now killing) should come forward and start to look after them and feed them, but farms and agriculture production must be saved- not only for human beings, but also for other animals.

  • sudar says:

    I do agree with Subhash Mendhapurkar

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