Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi enraged at Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday and alleged that he allowed state governments to kill animals and said that she could not understand the ‘lust for killing’ animals. Maneka’s objection comes after the Environment Ministry allowed the culling of Nilgai, wild boars, elephants, peacock and monkeys in different states.
According to reports, the Union government recently declared monkeys as ‘vermin’ and cleared the decks for their large-scale extermination in Shimla. This was done after the government received several requests from state authorities stating that the ‘monkey menace’ was affecting the state’s tourism sector.
Reacting to Gandhi’s remarks, Javadekar said, “When state governments write to us about farmers suffering due to crop damage by animals, then such permissions are given.”
On June 1, Maneka had also called for a nation-wide online protest to ban cow-slaughter, during an interaction on Facebook.