The Uttarakhand high court in India ordered on Monday (19 December 2016) a complete ban on the killing of wild animals like tigers, leopards and panthers that are declared maneaters.
Taking note of recent instances of several leopards being termed maneaters, the division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Alok Singh prohibited “killing of all wild animals by declaring them man-eaters” and prevented “display of dead bodies (sic) of animals in print and electronic media.”
“The wild animal who poses threat to human life should be captured alive by using tranquilizer gun in the presence of a veterinary doctor and shall be thereafter released in nearby forest,” the high court said. The decision, whether an animal causes threat to a human being, it said, shall be taken at the highest level by a committee comprising of principal secretary (forest) and principal chief conservator of forest. (The Times of India)