New Delhi, June 9: In what can be described as infighting between the two ministers of Modi government, Women & Child Development and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi slammed the Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday, June 9.
The two ministers are at loggerheads over the issue of killing of animals, even as Javadekar tried his best in justifying his stance citing farmers' interest.
However, Maneka gave a stern message by saying that it's a shame that such kind of culling of animals is being allowed under the NDA government.
While talking to mediapersons, she even went on to say that the environment ministry was "writing letters to every state and allowing the killing of animals like elephants, wild boars and monkeys".
"I don't know what kind of lust for killing has taken over the environment ministry", she further said, while claiming that this is the first time a environment ministry has given such a permission to kill animals.
"In Bengal, they (environment ministry) have permitted the killing of elephants, in Himachal Pradesh they have ordered killing of monkeys, and in Goa they gave permission to kill peacocks," she stated.
"In Chandrapur, they have killed 53 wild boars and have given permission to kill 50 more. Even their own wildlife department said that they don't want to kill the animals. I don't understand their lust for killing animals," Gandhi told reporters.
According to environment ministry sources, killing of animals took place under scientific procedure.
Javadekar had recently submitted a report seeking to legalise killing of certain wild animals which are found in excess in the animal-human conflict areas.
"We had issued a circular in this regard earlier also. In areas where farmers are facing huge problems due to animals, there is a procedure to declare them as 'vermin' like blue bull (nilgai) and wild boar for a particular period of time," environment minister Prakash Javadekar had said.
"As soon as we get states' response on this, we will give them permission to declare such animals as 'vermin' for a limited period of time," he told media.
On June 1, Maneka had also called for a nation-wide online protest to ban cow-slaughter, during an interaction on Facebook.
Earlier also, Maneka had exerted pressure on the BJP leadership to sack the party MLA who was allegedly involved in the attack on Uttarakhand Police Horse Shaktimaan, who passed away on April, 2016, following serious injuries on his hind leg.