The Times Of India on May 17, 2018 06:53:13India is in the middle of a major wildlife tragedy as more than 1,100 wild elephants have been killed by poachers.
India has been dealing with an elephant poaching epidemic for several years and the country’s wildlife management department has been overwhelmed by the deaths.
A senior government official told NDTV, “In our country, it is impossible to take the elephants off the street and we are taking action to eradicate the poaching.”
Elephants, rhinos and lions are all considered endangered species in India, but poaching and smuggling has increased dramatically in recent years.
Elephons are also the most popular tourist attraction in the country.
In the past year alone, an estimated 40 elephants have died in India.
According to the National Commission for the Conservation of Wildlife, an average of 20 to 30 elephants are killed every day.
In the past few months, authorities have been trying to bring down poaching, which has risen dramatically in the last two years.
In a bid to stem the epidemic, the government has stepped up its enforcement of the wildlife laws.
This includes increased penalties for those found guilty of poaching and also the provision of compensation to the families of the deceased elephants.