3,928 animal parts recommended for disposal
Kathmandu, July 29
The preliminary bar-coding report has suggested that at least 3,928 rare animal parts kept at the Chitwan National Park, Kasara and Armed Forest Guard Training Centre, Tikauli be disposed of.
A team led by Deputy Director General of the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation Dr Maheshwor Dhakal had prepared the report submitted to the Environment and Biodiversity Section of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation this week.
The report suggests destroying a total of 3,928 animal parts and safe storage of only 84 animal parts. The technical committee’s suggestion reads, “Apart from animal parts the committee has decided needs to be stored, all other animal parts should be disposed of transparently and by completing all due process.”
The report recommends that 1,494 of 1,514 parts of big cats, 881 of 892 rhino parts, 708 of 726 elephant parts, 13 of 17 musk deer parts, and 337 of 349 parts of other animals be disposed of. Twenty parts of big cats, two each of bears and Tibetan antelopes, three of deer, one each of porcupine and crocodile, 11 of rhinos, three of red pandas, 18 of elephants, four of musk deer, and 12 of other types have been recommended for storage.
Chief at Environment and Biodiversity Division Bijaya Raj Paudyal said they have sent the report back to the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation. “The section urged DNPWC to add further details to the report and correct errors in the report submitted on July 24,” he told The Himalayan Times, adding, “After the full report is prepared, disposal of the animal parts will begin accordingly.
” He said that a Cabinet decision must be made to dispose of the animal parts. Altogether, 5324.73 kg of animal parts are stored in Tikauli and Kasara of Chitwan.
The process of collecting samples and bar-coding the animal parts had been completed during the first week of July.
The Environment and Biodiversity Division at the ministry also urged the DNPWC to revise the date stipulated to destroy the animal parts. Previously, preparations were made to dispose of the parts tomorrow. Division chief Paudyal said the disposal process could take a long time as national and international interests are involved.
Earlier, the government used to destroy body parts of wild animals by incinerating them.