Will elephants survive economic development in India?
Elephant populations in India have decreased from 3 million in the 17th century to barely 30 thousand today. Aside from poaching, wild elephants face decreasing habitats due to increasing human population and industrial development in and around their reserves and corridors connecting forests used by elephants for thousands of years. Train tracks and motorways often go right through their habitat resulting in countless elephant deaths and human-elephant conflicts, dangerous to both humans and elephants. All of this in spite of elephants contributing immensely to the environment they live in.
Personhood for Elephants in India
Understanding animal rights to be an issue of both human and animal connections and interest, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations on 12th May, 2018 organized their first “National Consultation on Rights and Personhood for Animals and its linkages with Other Social Justice Movements”!
Wild Elephants in India
During the 17th century India's wild elephant population was well in excess of a million. What remains today is obviously only a small fraction. But given the cultural and religious significance of elephants makes it unthinkable to visualize India without elephants. In spite of on-going threats to the remaining wild population of elephants, national and international assistance is doing much for the conservation of the remaining wild herds.