Sunday, September 14, 2008

Another Tiger gets run over by a train...

This is not an uncommon occurrence in India. With less than fourteen hundred Bengal Tigers remaining in its jungles, every animal is precious. And yet tigers and elephants continue to die in such a reckless manner. There are a number of railway tracks passing through many Indian forests which are traversed by passenger and goods trains. Many were laid out in colonial times by the British to carry logs. However, despite the ban in timber trade in modern times, trains often continue to use these tracks - disrupting the local ecology. There is a speed limit for trains passing through forests, though drivers seldom follow it and often go over the mark.

In this instance a poor tiger was run over and carried several hundred metres by the moving train before it was stopped and the mutilated body recovered. The incident happened on a stretch of railway track in Uttar Pradesh province of India upon which four tigers have been killed in the past three years. It is high time that the local forest and railway officials cooperated and earnestly addressed this issue. More here:

http://howrah.org/india_news/28489.html

2 comments:

Black Cat said...

Oh my goodness, that's terrible! Poor tigers and elephants; that's so sad.

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