What an animal loving creed we are !
The Hindu holy town of Mathura has lately inaugurated the first ever hospital dedicated solely to elephants .
Not jst this we have been conserving the animals since 1970s and the foundation of protecting these wild vulnerable creatures was laid down by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi under whose regime the enactment of wildlife protection act 1972…(Project Tiger was the favourite child of it ) occurred which later served as the greatest milestone of the love affair .
A string of other protection treaties were also signed like convention on migratory species 1979, convention on biological diversity 1979.
Today , 41 tiger reserves ,28elephant reserves besides a network of 668 protected areas bear testimony to this affair .
Human evolution is inextricably linked to its relationship with other creatures around specifically animals . From the earliest times he has been depending on them for several needs primarily milk and meat . As this would be the only source of attaining the required nutrition .As a result after monitoring the atmosphere around he invented new methods and techniques to trap animals of different sizes e.g. archery and crossboard .
This trapping of animals to meet human needs is known as hunting .It has been our ancestor’s one of the earliest social activities .
However human’s superior acumen like nobody else soon became the measure that lead him to claime his right on everything else around him .By now he had become quite developed and made headway to the kingship..the old ways of hunting had been replaced ..over the time the love story had discovered the harsh and cruelest turn ..the lover now chose to become the villain .
Man built the versatile palaces to live in .He owned an empire where he was the ultimate king . With the changing time Hunting turned out to be a sporty event .Kings organised the Big game (hunting party ) wherein the he would move along with his courtmen on giant elephants and hunt in a limited area solely for pleasure as it had more become synonymous to royalty . Mughal emperor Akbar had great passion for it as a result of which he began the tradition of shikar(Royal hunting ) .The king would often organise ruthless killing event and would take the royal trophies back ( skin,fur, skull ,tusk etc )along with them and kept them as mark of honour and great achievement in thier courts .Shikar remained continual untile the fall of dynasty in 1857 .
With the advent of Britishers arrived the cutting edge technology and invention of guns brought the Darkest phase .The lords , officials and kings were deeply entrenched in the Royal hunting ..the animals were often drugged by the servent then would arrive the official and murder the animal . Hunting proliferated to the highest peaks at this time . There was another custom of getting oneself clicked beside the poor lifeless animal solely for the purpose of boosting of their social previlages and status .
According to historian Mahesh Rangarajan over 80,000 tigers were slaughtered in 50 years from 1875 to 1925 .
Tiger, Leapord , Rhinos , water buffalo s, lions and black bucks were the worst hit .
Rudyard Kipling penned in his jungle book that in 19 th century between 50,000 and 100,000 tigers were thought to roam in Indian subcontinent by 1971 shockingly the number dropped to mere 1800 .Post independence too it did not budge an inch and continued at the same pace .Besides pleasure these animals were now serving the financial need of the humans.. the dwellers were fetching a great amount of money from the trade as the demand of products like fur , leather belts n jacket etc grew in the west .
However animal heaved a sigh of relief post Indira Gandhi took the reigns of this wide country in her hands and the ruthless killing of animals gained the traction .The tiger and other animals population saw a significant rise but post her assassination the scenario took the old figure back .
Poaching remains a big reality even today .Renowned filmstar Salman Khan has also been found guilty in killing of black bucks the case however remains in court for last 22 years almost . wildlife institute of India ‘s report made shocking revelations that it only counted 14,11 tigers after a massive investment of dollar400 million over 34 years in bid to save tiger under tiger project .
Human’s hands are stained with the blood of innocent wild beast .Who is the beast requires a sincere deliberation though.we have wiped out the entire species of certain animals,we boost of the economic progress that we have made .Besides we brutal species who in my view falsely claim to be intelligent and witty have mercilessly invaded our co -creature’s places of living clearing forests .we have caused the severe dent to the environment over the years .The repercussion shall be born by generations to come.
Point to ponder ..did the love story ever existed ?The greedy and nasty ungly beast ‘s will to supersede lead him to exploit the mother nature beyond bounds …Hence there existed no hero and no story but an egoistic animal . wasn’t it a selfish reality of mankind more ?