Friday, 19 August, 2022

Leaving deads in national zoo!

That some animals in the National Zoo are in a sorry state because of the negligence and corruption of the menagerie authorities is disheartening as well as alarming news as far as nature conservation is concerned. According to this daily’s lead news published yesterday, the physical condition of some carnivores, birds and other species of animals is in poor condition. While some birds (Emu) and donkeys are seen with several lesions with flies and insects swarming the wounds. However, some other animals were seen lying down in such a way that anyone may think those animals were dead. Many visitors were reportedly expressing their unhappiness instead of getting amused after witnessing the terrible health condition of these animals.

Allegations are there that the negligence and corruption of the zoo authorities are greatly responsible for the bad health condition of the animals. The veterinarians appointed in the zoo are allegedly apathetic toward the animals; they hardly take care of the animals. On the other hand, substandard and inadequate foods, that are even not supplied in due time, have made some animals gaunt and look exhausted. This is not the case of the National Zoo only; such types of scenarios will be found in every menagerie in the country. The news of the death of some Zebras in a safari park several months ago still haunts nature lovers’ minds.

A few days ago, a report was published in newspapers stating that a director was fined Tk. 150 million for showing a caged parrot in one of his dramas by the Wildlife Crime Control Unit under the Wildlife (Protection and Security) Act, 2012 that declared “Caging, selling, exhibiting or aiding and abetting the commission of any such crime is a punishable offense”.

The step is praiseworthy; but the question is why the same authorities are turning a blind eye in the case of bigger cages named zoo, why these beings are caged in these menageries and why these creatures do not get proper treatment and adequate food. When the world is shifting focus to establishing safari parks instead of zoos giving importance to the animal as well as nature conservation, why are we revolving around the century-old concept of confining birds and animals in these so-called zoos? Is not it a double standard of morality of the authorities concerned?