Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Drive to save tiger!


Dancers in tiger masks at the launch. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta
“Royal Bengal Tiger Bachao” — a campaign organised by Sanctuary Asia magazine and Bengal Tiger Line (a shipping company) — was launched at Town Hall, on Monday.

The drive was supported by Sunderbans Tiger Reserve and Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve.

“This is a conservation drive aimed at combating climate change and protecting the Sunderbans and the Bengal tiger,” said Bittu Sahgal, the editor of Sanctuary Asia.

Forest department officials were also awarded at the event for their contribution to protecting the forests.

Actor Rahul Bose, painter Suvaprasanna, singer Srikanta Acharya and actor Arindam Sil were present on the occasion and urged people to support the campaign. However, a major part of the audience comprised of schoolchildren.

“We plan to spread awareness about the Sunderbans chiefly among schoolchildren,” said Joydeep Kundu, the campaign’s city coordinator.

“Our next programme will be held on October 3 under Bally–II gram panchayat in the Sunderbans,” stated Colonel S.R. Banerjee, the honorary director of Wildlife Protection Society of India.

Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1071002/asp/calcutta/story_8384555.asp

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