Target: Tirath Singh Thakur, Chief Justice of India
Goal: Do not allow animals to be classified as “vermin” and culled.
Countless blue bulls, monkeys and wild boar will be cruelly culled if the decision to label them as “vermin” is not repealed. These three species have been classified as vermin after the governments of three Indian States, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, requested that they be allowed to kill the animals indiscriminately. Categorizing them as such deprives them of the protection they are entitled to under the Wildlife Protection Act and allows people to legally kill them.
According to animal rights activists, the notifications to tag these species as vermin were issued without any scientific evidence. Instead, the decision was fully motivated by financial reasons, as the three states concerned had complained about having to pay farmers for crop losses due to wildlife. However, the animals themselves are not to blame for the increase in human-wildlife conflict. Instead, the intensification and spread of human activity in these regions has resulted in a stark decrease of habitat for wildlife, causing collisions with local farmers.
Activists have stated that “the indiscriminate killing of these animals will have a detrimental effect on the food chain and in turn lead to an ecological imbalance.” Sign this petition urging the Indian Supreme Court to reverse the “vermin” classification on these three species to save countless innocent wild animals from being murdered.
Dear Justice Thakur,
The decision to label blue bulls, monkeys and wild boar as “vermin” in Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand respectively is an incredibly dangerous and cruel move. This allows these animals to be hunted and killed, deprived of the protection the Wildlife Protection Act would usually afford them.
Activists state that this verdict was pronounced with no scientific evidence, and was instead financially motivated as the three states are facing losses from having to reimburse farmers for damages caused by wildlife. They are quick to forget that human-animal conflict is on the rise only because we are building further into wild land and shrinking these species’ natural habitat.
Killing these animals will not solve the issue and may even result in dire ecological consequences. Please reverse the decision to classify these species as vermin and work towards protecting their habitats instead.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bernard Gagnon