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Orissa is now a graveyard for elephants

 

The Asian Age
Akshaya Kumar Sahoo
September 28, 2016

With as many as 393 elephants having been killed in Orissa in the last five years, the state seems seems to have become a graveyard for the animals.

According to sources in the state government, most of the elephants died because of poaching, electrocution, t
http://www.asianage.com/india/orissa-now-graveyard-elephants-751rain accidents or other human-related activities.

In a written reply to BJD member Amar Prasad Satpathy in the Orissa Assembly, state forest and environment minister Bikram Keshari Arukh admitted on Tuesday that the elephant population in the state was disturbed because of forest fire, increase in urbanisation, expansion of industrial activities and mining operations, population growth and encroachment of forest lands.

According to wildlife expert Biswajit Mohanty, elephants are dying in large numbers because the state government is not acting in right earnest to protect them.


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