Madhya Pradesh Minister, Kusum Mehdele proposes a law to keep wild cats as pets
As a way to conserve wild animals, senior Madhya Pradhesh Minister, Kusum Medele proposes the idea of passing a law to domesticate wild cats. We are not sure about the ide of seperating animals from their families and keeping them in an environment not made for them but the Animal Husbandry, Horticulture and Food Processing Minister, Kusum Mehdele sent a proposal to state’s forest department, she shared that such laws in African and South-East Asian countries like, Thailand have resulted into an increase in the population of big cats.
According to her all the projects for wild life conservation have not achieved much success. Crores of rupees have been invested in such projects but none of them have helped much.
Madhya Pradesh Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Narendra Kumar has written to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to share their comments on the proposal.
Mehdele’s suggestion has been accessed by Ajay Dubey, a Bhopal-based wildlife activist following an RTI appeal filed by him.
“It is surprising that such a bizarre suggestion could be made by senior minister Mehdele. She hails from the Panna region of the state, which is known for its tiger population. I denounce such a proposal and request the central government not to give its permission for domesticating the tiger,” Dubey said.
The 6ix tiger reserves in MP- Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna, Bori-Satpura, Sanjay-Dubri and Pench- have only 257 big cats. the tiger population in India was 2,226 in the year 2014.