Court Battles

  • WRRC has filed a Petition for captive elephants in the Supreme Court of India.
  • WRRC approached the Karnataka High Court against the proposed transfer of baby elephant Kapila to the Shaneshwara Temple in Pondicherry and after a three year court battle, the State Government of Karnataka withdrew its order which was in violation of its own rules. 
  • WRRC in association with the Wildlife Trust of India approached the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) constituted by the Supreme Court of India against the transfer of 100 acres of land by the Govt. of Karnataka for the Science City project. The project would have encroached on the elephant migratory corridor adjoining the Bannerghatta National Park. 
  • WRRC in association with the Wildlife Protection Society of India also opposed the allotment of land on a narrow elephant migratory path between the Mudumalai and Bandipur wildlife reserves for a resort. We lost the case  but succeeded in creating awareness on the issue. 
  • When the Government of Karnataka proposed an aircraft flypast at the Dussehra procession, WRRC and other animal activists were alarmed as this would adversely affect the already traumatised elephants that form a part of this procession. On the court’s directions, a committee was constituted for examination of the matter and the committee included representatives from WRRC . The Committee comprising of officials from the forest department, police department , senior official from the Air Force and representatives from WRRC met and eventually the move to conduct aircraft flypast was dropped to the relief of all right-thinking people.  

Campaigns

In addition to approaching the courts for relief, WRRC also actively campaigns on behalf of wild animals whenever their wellbeing is under threat, in association with other like-minded organisations across India. Listed below are some of the campaigns undertaken on behalf of wild animals by WRRC.

1. Against international poaching and slaughter of rhinos in Assam – Letter dated 30 Jan 2008 to Shri Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and Chairman-National Board of Wildlife. Requesting for urgent and decisive action against international poaching and slaughter of rhinos in Assam.

2. Request for the formation of a committee to monitor captive elephants in temples – In a letter dated 4 June 2008 to The PCCF (WL) and the Chief Wildlife Warden, seeking:
(a.) Information regarding deaths and arrivals of captive elephants in Karnataka and
(b.) request for the formation of a committee to monitor captive elephants in temples

3. Against handing over elephant Girija Prasad to previous donor Jacob Abraham – Letter dated 27 June 2008 to PCCF ( WL ) and The Chief Wildlife Warden to cancel the order granting permission to the Jalahalli Ayyappan Temple to hand over elephant Girija Prasad to previous donor Jacob Abraham.

4. Against the transfer of two elephants from Shimoga to Mangalore zoo – Letter of July 2008 to PCCF ( WL ) and The Chief Wildlife Warden protesting against the transfer of two elephants from Shimoga to Mangalore zoo.

5. Assistance to the Animal Welfare Board of India in the case of circus elephants in the “Bombay Circus”, performing in Mysore – Suparna Baksi-Ganguly’s letter dt 20.10.08 to Dr. R. M . Kharb Chairman, AWBI regarding circus elephants in the “Bombay Circus”, performing in Mysore.

6. Against the use of captive elephants for commercial purposes such as logging – Letter of 24 December, 2008 to Shri. Lingaraju, DCF – Chikmagalur, Karnataka against the use of captive elephants for commercial purposes such as logging.

7. Against the order to revoke the ban on vehicles through Bandipur forest at night -Letter dated 15 June, 2009 to the Chief Minister of Karnataka requesting him not to revoke ban on vehicles through Bandipur Forest at night . On 27 July 2009, the Chief Minister’s office replied with the action taken on the implementation of the night ban on vehicles through Bandipur forest at night.

In response to a petition filed in the Karnataka High Court by a citizen, the Court had directed for the continuance of the night ban. Night ban is being implemented from August 2009.

8. Against killing of the wild elephants in Nepal – Letter dated 11 July 2009 to The Prime Minister and Council of Ministers Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal requesting to stop the killing of the wild elephants in Nepal.

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