Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gujarat rejects proposal to relocate Gir lions to MP.

Express news service : Ahmedabad, Sun Mar 18 2012, 00:59 hrs
A meeting of the Gujarat State Wildlife Board and top officials, headed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, held on Saturday rejected a proposal to relocate Asiatic Gir lions to the Kuno/Palpur Park in Madhya Pradesh.
The meeting was reportedly held to prepare the state’s arguments for a scheduled Supreme Court hearing on the Asiatic lion relocation project on Monday. At the last hearing on February 21, the SC had held that animals belong to the country and not the states they are found in.
Gujarat asserted on Saturday that “Asiatic lions are a precious asset of Saurashtra region” and that “the question of relocating the lions to some other place without consent of the people of Saurashtra does not arise at all”.
The state has been opposing the proposed shifting of the lions from the Gir forests.

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