Petition filed calling for national policy to protect elephants | Sunday Observer

Petition filed calling for national policy to protect elephants

An environmental scientist has filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an order in the Nature of the Writ of Mandamus directing the environmental authorities to formulate a National Policy on protection of elephants, including steps to minimize attacks on human beings.

The petitioner Withanage Don Hemantha Ranjith Sisira Kumara, the Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice filed this petition naming Minister of Environment and Wildlife Resources, Inspector General of Police, Director General of Wild Life and Attorney General as respondents.

When the matter came up before Court of Appeal Justice Arjuna Obeysekera, the petition was fixed for support on March 26.

The petitioner further sought an order directing the Respondents to act collectively in order to formulate a proper mechanism to protect all elephants acting under and in term of the sections of the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as well as under the Forest Ordinance.
 

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