India is pushing a plan to protect elephants in the wild – but is ignoring animals in captivity

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India is pushing a plan to protect elephants in the wild – but is ignoring animals in captivity

28 February 2020
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When the Wildlife Protection Act was passed in 1972, an exception was created for elephants in captivity at the time. That’s why 1,687 remain in private hands.
When India hosted the United Nation’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar last week, the environment ministry tabled a watershed proposal, listing the highly endangered Great Indian Bustard, the Bengal Florican and the Asian elephant in Appendix I of the convention. This affords these species the utmost protection.