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Deer Herded For Cheetahs; Bishnoi Society Writes To PM Modi in Displeasure

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 72nd birthday, 8 cheetahs were brought from Namibia only to release them in the Kuno National Park to revive the big cat population in the country. While many applauded PM Modi’s decision to re-introduce cheetahs on the Indian mainland, communities, including the Bishnoi society, are unhappy with the decision.

For the unversed, back in August, the forest department had herded 250 chitals or spotted deer as the prey for the cheetahs being brought to Madhya Pradesh. “We have put more than 250 chitals (spotted deer or axis deer) in the ‘soft release enclosure’ meant to acclimatize the cheetahs at the KNP,” said MP Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) JS Chauhan to PTI. He added that the spotted deer would be transferred from the Pench Tiger Reserve and the Wildlife Sanctuary of Narsinghgarh in Madhya Pradesh.

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As the cheetahs have covered a 10-hour long journey, they would be stressed and fatigued, so to give them a favourable environment, 500 more chital or spotted deer would be released in the Kuno National Park for the cheetahs to prey on. That is precisely the developments that have hurt the sentiments of the Bishnoi community, who have been making sacrifices for trees and wildlife, mainly for the deer population, which is on the verge of extinction in Rajasthan.

All India Bishnoi Mahasabha President Devendra Boodia has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi expressing displeasure on the decision of sending 181 deers to Kuno National Park to satisfy the hunger of 8 cheetahs brought from Namibia. Devendra Boodia told PM Modi that Bishnoi society is the only society that has been making sacrifices to protect the environment, nature and wildlife, following the principles laid down by their Guru Jambeshwar Bhagwan.

 

Demanding the withdrawal of the decision of sending deers, a copy of Mr Boodnia’s letter has also been sent to Forest and Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav.

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