PETITION TARGET: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar
UPDATE (3/31/2023): We sent the petition, signed by more than 36,000 people, to India’s Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change. Thank you to everyone who signed. Unfortunately, despite multiple checks back, we weren’t able to obtain additional information on this case. We’ll keep advocating for animals vulnerable to poaching including elephants, wolves, hippos, bears, and more. — Lady Freethinker Staff
Riddled with bullets from 10 poachers, a defenseless elephant fell to the ground and tragically died in India’s Hindol forest range. The poachers then hacked the tusks off the majestic creature’s lifeless body, Down To Earth reported.
Forestry officials responded but fled the scene when the poachers fired at them. After the poachers left, the forestry officials returned to the gruesome scene and found the elephant’s mutilated remains.
Poaching is on the rise in the region, but arrests are scarce, said Odisha Environmental Society Secretary Jayakrushna Panigraphi. Authorities are currently searching for the suspects.
The poachers who brutally gunned down this innocent elephant, hacked the tusks from his body, and fired at forestry personnel must be apprehended before any more animals or people are harmed.
Sign this petition urging Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to push authorities to use all available resources to find and charge all suspects in this appalling crime.