Stop Electrocution of Elephants in India

  • by: Animal Advocates
  • target: India Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment and Forests

In the Ganjam district of Odisha, India, poachers are using homemade electrocution tripwires made from power lines to kill elephants. Of the 295 elephants poached so far this year in Odisha, 61 have died as a result of electrocution.

Wildlife officials believe that electricity has spread to rural areas without any supervision by Odisha’s electric companies. Several remedies have been given to electric companies, including building taller, more insulated power lines, to help ensure the elephants’ safety. Another suggestion has been cutting off power to areas with large elephant populations during strategic migratory periods.

We ask to you hold energy officials responsible. While it may be the responsibility of wildlife officials to prosectute poachers- it is the electric company's duty to prevent poaching wherever possible and provide the service safely.

Ministry of Finance
Director Mr. Nilaya Mitash
Room No. 48-D, North Block
New Delhi, Delhi - 110001
India
Tel: + 91 11 2309 2387
Fax: 011 91 11 2309 2387
EMail: nilaya.mitash@gmail.com

Ministry of Environment and Forests
Joint Secretary, Hem Kumar Pande
Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, Room No. 627
New Delhi, Delhi - 110003
India
Tel: + 24 36 2551
Fax: 011 24 36 0894
EMail: hempande@nic.in

In the Ganjam district of Odisha, India, poachers are using homemade electrocution tripwires made from power lines to kill elephants. Of the 295 elephants poached so far this year in Odisha, 61 have died as a result of electrocution.


Wildlife officials believe that electricity has spread to rural areas without any supervision by Odisha’s electric companies. Several remedies have been given to electric companies, including building taller, more insulated power lines, to help ensure the elephants’ safety. Another suggestion has been cutting off power to areas with large elephant populations during strategic migratory periods.


We ask to you hold energy officials responible. While it may be the responsibility of wildlife officials to prosectute poachers- it is the electric company's duty to prevent poaching wherever possible and provide the service safely.

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