‘GAJAH’ IN THE LEGAL ARENA AN ANALYSIS OF LAW RELATED TO ELEPHANT IN INDIA.
Reseach Scholar, School of Law, IMS_Unison University Dehradun
Dr. Ashish Verma
Supervisor of the Research Scholar and Dean, School of Law, IMS_Unison Univesity, Dehradun.
Dr. Shalini Saxena
Assistant Professor, School of Law, IMS_Unison Univesity, Dehradun.
Elephant known as ‘Gajah’ in Sanskrit, holding the title of ‘the Heritage Animal of India’ has great cultural, historical, religious significance. As world becoming flat there is threat for its survival due to high demand for its ivory, blood beads, trophy and skin. Due to its slow breeding process as compare to decline in population tremendously due to poaching and other factors, provide it legal protection. Asiatic Elephants is listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List, and placedas Schedule I species under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 (WPA)and different judicial pronouncements prohibits the use of ivory. Seizers of ivory from different places of nation place concern that somewhere these legal safeguards are not enough to save our natural heritage.
Keywords: Endangered species, Wildlife, Poaching, Illegal Trade, CITES, IUCN