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World Elephant Day: PM Modi calls for minimizing human-animal conflict and integrating local communities

Today is World Elephant Day. The day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.

The escalation of poaching, habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity are just some of the threats to both African and Asian elephants. Working towards better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries are the goals that numerous elephant conservation organizations are focusing on around the world.

To mark the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, called for a commitment to protecting elephants. He tweeted that on World Elephant Day, reiterate the commitment to protect the elephant. One would be happy to know that India houses about 60% of all Asian elephants. The number of elephant reserves has risen in the last 8 years. He also lauded all those involved in protecting elephants. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has lauded the efforts of Elephant conservationists on the occasion of World Elephant Day. The Prime Minister also expressed happiness about rising in the number of elephant reserves in the last 8 years. He said the successes in elephant conservation must be viewed in the context of the larger efforts underway in India to minimize human-animal conflict, and to integrate local communities and their traditional wisdom in furthering environmental consciousness.

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