Threat from elephants looms larger as veterinarians stage strike

Threat from elephants looms larger as veterinarians stage strike

Threat from elephants looms larger as veterinarians stage strike

Written by Staff Writer

11 Sep, 2016 | 10:20 pm

When elephants storm into villages, the lives of the people who escape into the forests depend on wild life officials.If a group of wild life officers do not have a veterinarian, chasing away the elephants would not be an easy task.

The last hope of these people, who are constantly battered by the wild elephants threat, is now on the brink of being lost as veterinarians are engaged in a trade union action.

Incidents of elephants encroaching on human settlements is a common occurrence in many districts including Hambantota, Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Batticaloa and Monaragala.

Many lives have been lost as a result while property worth millions has been damaged. However,  there are only nine veterinarians to solve the problems that persist over all these districts.

The number of veterinarians is less than the number of districts that are affected by the human elephant conflict.Though the grounds on which veterinarians are carrying out their strike can be considered to be fair, the strike will not stop the elephants who storm into villages.

A wild elephant attack was reported from Gurugodella in Medirigiriya last night.

With hope quickly fading for communities toeing a fine line between life and death, what action has been taken by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife to resolve the issue?

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