Environmental Activist Pahiyangala Ananda Sagara Thero says it is a ridiculous decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers to provide AK-47 automatic rifles to Civil Defence Forces to chase away Wild Elephants invading the villages.
A full-grown male leopard was shot and killed near the Udawalawe National park last Tuesday (31).
Conservationists and animal rights groups are up in arms over an alleged Cabinet proposal to release illegally captured baby elephants back to their captors.
Unorganized methods of mitigating the Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC), has resulted in increasing the conflict over the decades other than providing a solution.
Officials agree that the elephants were poisoned but are yet to discover whether it was a biological or an artificial substance that felled these magnificent creatures
Tikiri, the skeletal 70-year-old female elephant which paraded in the Kandy Esala Perahara and whose poor health condition gained local and international attention is back at home at her owner’s house in Kegalle.