Save an elephant, Delhi urged

Save an elephant, Delhi urged

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Last month a female elephant landed in Bangladesh as it was washed away by The Brahmaputra. Humane Society International/India has written a letter to Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs urging her to expedite the process to rescue the wandering animal safely to India.
I have attached the copy of the letter for your perusal.
It would be great if you can do a story on this.
Regards,
Navamita Mukherjee
Humane Society International/India
91-9985472760The letter:
Smt. Sushma Swaraj Minister for External Affairs Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India New Delhi
22 July 2016
Re: India’s wild elephant washed across to Bangladesh
Respected Ma’am
I am writing to you on behalf of Humane Society International, India – an animal protection organization – asking for your expeditious action on the matter of an Indian elephant that has been washed across to Bangladesh. We received news that on 27 June, 2016 a wild female elephant was separated from her herd in Assam and floated along with the currents of the Brahmaputra river into Bangladesh. It is reported that the elephant has travelled further into Bangladesh in search of food and has, unfortunately, come into conflict with villagers living in those regions. Further, we have learnt that the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India has formed a four-member rescue team and has issued directions to the State Forest Departments of Assam and Meghalaya to coordinate rescue efforts. We have also learnt that the MoEFCC has been in contact with its Bangladeshi counterparts. It has received consent from the Bangladeshi Government for the rescue team to travel to Bangladesh and undertake rescue efforts. However, we are given to understand that the request for permissions for the team’s travel and action plans are pending approval with the Ministry of External Affairs. The elephant has reportedly become feeble due to the lack of food. Thus, her rescue at the earliest is necessary to prevent further distress to her as well as the locals living in the region. Hence, we sincerely request you, as the Minister of External Affairs, to expedite the permissions required by the rescue team for this case. We are confident that your involvement will help bring this stranded elephant safely back to India. We look forward to your swift action in the matter.
Thanking you
Yours sincerely
C. Samyukta
Campaign manager – Wildlife
Email: csamyukta@hsi.org
Phone: +91-9000846677

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