Monday, April 23, 2007

It will probably surprise no one that I think the following is a grand idea . . . .

An Indian state has ordered the wardens of a national wildlife park to shoot poachers of endangered one-horned rhinos on sight, officials said Monday.

"A massive anti-poaching operation has been launched with orders issued to shoot-on-sight any unauthorised person inside Kaziranga's premises," Rockybul Hussain, northeastern Assam state's forest minister, told AFP in the reserve.

Six rhinos have been killed by poachers in the 430-square-kilometre (166-square-mile) Kaziranga park since January, including two in the past 10 days.


Blogger GetFlix said...

Unfortunate but necessary.

5:53 PM  
Blogger sage said...

that's a tough one! i can't help but to worry that it might end up with the loss of innocent life

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the innocent Rhinos being killed? The species is headed towards extinction and so tough measures are necessary. Btw, in Kaziranga National Park - poachers have always been shot on sight, so the measure isnt exactly new. Rhino and tiger poachers are usually brutal savages, much like south american drug lords; There is no way to peacefully engage them in the field.

Regarding your concern about losing innocent human lives - park it. This is a mosquito and snake infested swampy area with zero visibility through dense grass that grow as tall as two elephants. Tigers, rhinos and crazy wild buffalo are everywhere. It is safe to assume that anyone who is in it without permission, is upto no good. Besides, shoot-on-sight only applies after the suspects fail to comply with a simple audio-visual protocol.

6:07 PM  
Blogger NY KAT said...

It really is unfortunate that it's come to this..

6:08 PM  

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