news Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 13:45

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has said she is baffled by the environment ministry’s “lust for killing”. 

Speaking to ANI, Gandhi said "I don't know what kind of lust for killing has taken over the environment ministry."

Gandhi, who is also an animal rights activist, was referring to the environment ministry’s sanction to kill animals after declaring them as “vermin” for a certain period of time.

She said: "The ministry is writing to each state giving permission to kill animals. In West Bengal, they have issued orders to kill elephants, in Himachal Pradesh they have ordered for monkeys to be killed and in Goa the peacocks are killed. In Maharashtra's Chandrapur, they have killed 53 wild boar and given permission to kill 50 more."

Last June, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that permission was given to kill animals for a short period of time based on requests from the states if there were complaints about nuisance.

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