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Elephant owners moot Elephant Protection Force in Kerala

KOCHI

Worried over the destruction caused by restive elephants and the absence of effective rescue mechanism, elephant-owners have suggested forming an elephant protection force in the State.

Kerala State Elephant Owners’ Multipurpose cooperative Society, Thrissur, has approached the State government with a proposal to constitute a Kerala Captive Elephant Protection Force, to be attached to all district units of the police. According to the proposal: A DySP shall be appointed as nodal officer of the Force in each district and the officer shall coordinate the rescue operations if the elephants go wild. The Force will have experts, including veterinary surgeons and officials from the Forest and Revenue departments, as its members. It will oversee the conduct of festivals involving parading of elephants.

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