Great documentary trailer on human elephant conflict
What’s with me and elephants? Groundviews has been trying to make out that I’m comparing elephants and Tamils. To be accurate, I actually compared people from Hambantota, Colombo and Tamils to elephants. It’s about unity baby. Trying to offend everybody.
But seriously, humans may be thin skinned and elephants thick, but we do share this island and elephants do deserve a bit of land to live in. I say this because I like elephants, but the policy also makes sense if you’re putting humans first. Our wildlife is a natural resource. It has value for tourism, science and objective awesome. This is a resource we should preserve for future generations. As Groundviews said in May:
This is a serious issue. Over 10 years, there have been over 1,300 elephants that have been killed and on average, over 60 humans a year for the past 15 years are killed by elephants.
What’s with the fuss now? Well, there are rumors that the bid-for Hambantota Commonwealth Games will displace elephants around Yala. They’re conducting an elephant census now in the national parks. Meanwhile, during the Dondra Perahera, Banuka the elephant went on a bit of a stampede. Meanwhile, there is ongoing human-elephant conflict throughout border villages and on the main roads.
The governments elephant policy is dubious at best. There are reports that elephants were dodgily taken by Ministers like Mervyn Silva and the animals have been given as gifts to countries like China. The government seems to view elephants as a commodity, judged by their using a census of the wild to target elephants for capture and captivity.
But elephants aren’t truly domesticated. They don’t breed well in captivity and the males act like Mervyn Silva when they’re in heat. They are wild animals and should remain so.
So yeah. Elephants have rights too.