November 15, 2013

Seven #elephants killed after passenger train plows into a herd of 40 in #India

People walk past the hanging carcass of one of the elephants killed by a train on a railway bridge in Khunia range in Jalpaiguri district
‘It is an irony that elephants are being killed by speeding trains in north Bengal on regular intervals, even though it has been declared as the heritage animal in India and an elephant cub is the mascot of Indian Railways,’ said Animesh Basu, a wildlife activist and coordinator of the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation.


Basu, who blamed unrestricted movement of trains for the accident, said at least 50 elephants have been killed by trains since 2004 in West Bengal state.

India's wild elephant population was recently estimated at about 26,000.

‘It is an irony that elephants are being killed by speeding trains in north Bengal on regular intervals, even though it has been declared as the heritage animal in India and an elephant cub is the mascot of Indian Railways,’ said Animesh Basu, a wildlife activist and coordinator of the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation.

Basu, who blamed unrestricted movement of trains for the accident, said at least 50 elephants have been killed by trains since 2004 in West Bengal state.

India's wild elephant population was recently estimated at about 26,000.

‘It is an irony that elephants are being killed by speeding trains in north Bengal on regular intervals, even though it has been declared as the heritage animal in India and an elephant cub is the mascot of Indian Railways,’ said Animesh Basu, a wildlife activist and coordinator of the Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation.

Basu, who blamed unrestricted movement of trains for the accident, said at least 50 elephants have been killed by trains since 2004 in West Bengal state.

India's wild elephant population was recently estimated at about 26,000.




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