Double-edged Absurdity, Odisha records shocking cases of animal kills in You Tubes & FB

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | April 01, 2024 IST

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D N Singh

 In today’s so called civilized world what all is happening under the sun is difficult to fathom. It is baffling and often flabbergasting.

 Human’s appalling greed has already surpassed all the limits to settle at one thing and that is cheap publicity and money. 

 Let’s look at the low to what humans can get down to and that is to hog the lime lights even if it requires to torture or incarcerate or even kill an animal.

 To cite a few examples:

 (1)  Ref No. WC/24/2019  dated 12th August,2019 against Mirza Md Arif , Bhadrak who removed King Cobra eggs from Keonjhar forests and posted a #YouTube video.

 (2)  Ref. No. WC/78/2018 dated 6th July,2018 against Snake rescuer of Balasore WL Division who posted a #Facebook video 

 (3)  Ref. No. WC/80/2016 dtd. 17th October,2016 against  Snake rescuer Bapu Pradhan of Baripada who posted a video on #Facebook of a snake

 (4)  Ref. No. 54/2016 dtd. 14th July,2016 against Mirza Md Arif, Bhadrak who posted a picture of a King Cobra rescued from Agarpada on #Facebook – In the same letter we had urged you to issue guidelines to prevent harm to snakes during rescue and post rescue .

 Need to invoke PMLA

 Wildlife Society of Odisha at last pioneered the step to seek the attention of the department heads of the Wildlife wings of Odisha which passed orders “to ensure action under the WPA, 1972 “ to ensure all such offenders who keep  captive wildlife and post photos of performances with them or of display of rescued snakes are booked under the law”.  

Following this order and action by the department many videos on YouTube and Facebook have been deleted by the culprits apart from the Social Media platforms themselves.

 “We have been very concerned over rampant growth of such illegal practices in Odisha since 2016 and have urged the department several times since eight years to stop this. Innocent wildlife suffered for long because of such unscrupulous persons who profited immensely from Advertisement revenue share from Social Media platforms” WSO said in its letter. 

 It further said that some of these social media users have huge numbers of subscribers running into millions as their videos of gimmickry with wildlife were very popular amongst the masses.

 Apart from encouraging others to copy them, such lucrative earnings also lead to defiance by these offenders. They ignored orders of the forest department to delete such videos and refrain from keeping in captivity protected species or displaying them for the public.

 Given the enormous reach and popularity of their videos some of them would  have earned crores of rupees over the last eight to ten years from such illegal activity at the expense of suffering wildlife .

 “We, therefore request you to kindly consider the above grounds and the need to take strictest action under every applicable law against such offenders. It would do justice to the suffering wildlife who were used and tortured in such videos. The tainted proceeds of their heinous crimes against voiceless creatures  should be confiscated by the government “ urges Biswajit Mohanty, Secretary WSO. 

 Beyond the state see what happens nationally and internationally.

 Double-edged absurdity

 Many drug companies test their drugs on animals and say, ‘it is tested and found safe’ and then is administered on human beings.

 Think about the serious consequences on the animals once they are administered with certain drugs. 

Experts are of the view that testing on animals is also not reliable so anything can happen to a human. But no rule controls such companies due to the hold and influence such companies enjoy.    

 

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