Bull Asian elephants are disappearing rapidly - many being slaughtered for the illicit ivory trade, some abducted from the wild and transported illegally between states for cultural festivals. Out of the 27,000+ wild elephants in India, approx. 1,200 are bulls, causing gender disparity, and threatening the long-term species survival. Despite the existence of animal welfare laws, poor communication between key stakeholders/ decision makers has made it difficult to enforce laws and slap penalties.
The Gentle Giant Summit to be held in May/June 2019 (in Kerala) will bridge communication gap between key stakeholders, bringing them together under one roof. It will connect the dots between wildlife crime and terrorism while exploring the ecological significance of elephants. By delving deeper into issues that tear apart the fabric of human and elephant societies, and the long-term ramifications, authorities will be inspired to cooperate, and enforce existing laws and impose penalties.
Knowledge will aid decision and law makers to create policies and legislation that will curb wildlife crimes, especially those related to the slaughter of the critically endangered bull Asian elephants. The summit will foster open communication, and inspire collaborative decision making, closing legal loopholes, and empowering the authorities to enforce stringent penalties. This, we believe will result in a reduction of wildlife crime and ultimately help to protect India's heritage animal.
Sangita Iyer offers Wildlife symposium @Police HQ
Gods in Shackles documentary screening (Police HQ)