Centre wants to shift lions outside state to save them from extinction
Indian Express By Tanvir A. Siddiqui
Ahmedabad, November 25; The Centre is contemplating shifting some of the lions from Gir to other parts in
But the state government is opposing the proposal tooth and nail despite the death of a number of lions in the region in the recent past due to reasons as diverse as electrocution, or falling into a well.
Elsewhere, Gupta, who is now in Ahmedabad to attend an international conference on environmental education, is convinced that the state government will see logic in her arguments and give the matter more thought in the interest of the survival of this rare species.
She said the Centre was optimistic about convincing the
Gupta said the Centre was in continuous correspondence with the state government on the subject and the last exchange of letters took place about a month back.
In the letter, the State Environment and Forest Minister Mangubhai Patel had said that shifting of the lions out of
Gupta said attempts to convince
She further said the government was well aware of the difficulties involved with shifting such large animals, but it was necessary for the sake of the survival of the species. “We must think of the future when the space for them is going to be limited, which would reduce possibility of expansion,” she said.