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Three women fight against the illegitimate trading of camel after 61 camels were brought from Rajasthan to Kishanpganj, Bihar.

As many as 61 of the Indian desert camels, which were declared as endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resourse (IUCN), were traded illegally from Rajasthan to Kishanganj in Bihar.

As trafficking of camels is prohibited in the state of Rajasthan, a case has been registered at the Kishanganj police station.
Ms Nitasha Jaini, an artist by profession, Ms Anjali Anand, Operations Manager with an education agency and Ms Neeru Gupta, an education professional, have taken up the legal battle for protecting and securing the lives of the endangered species. And these women are backed by Dhyan Foundation, an animal welfare NGO.
On December 5, 2016, the women along with the NGO fought the case in court and got release orders for 61 camels to rehabilitate them in a shelter in Rajasthan. However, a stay was put on the release order on December 14. The stay was put without cross-checking with the activists. The next hearing is scheduled for January 5, 2017.
'This is a question of 61 lives of which only 60 remain. One animal has already suffered to death in the delay caused in the order to shift the animals back to their natural habitat. Bihar doesn't provide the living condition conducive for camels and neither is their feed and fodder available. We are extremely shocked at the decision as camels are not allowed outside Rajasthan at the first place, why put a stay?'' said Jaini.
The camel has been declared as Rajasthan's state animal and Rajasthan Camel Act 2015 makes any injury caused to the animal a punishable offence. Camel slaughter is a punishable offence with up to five years imprisonment along with a fine.
The security of the women is also highly compromised.
''We have been receiving constant threats by people who claim to be the owners of the animals. However, they do not even have a single document which is mandatory for transporting the animals. Clearly, the nexus is far-spread and major pockets are being hurt due to our efforts to safeguard the animals,'' said Gupta.
The camels in question has been transported far away from Rajasthan's state boundary without necessary documents. It is surprising how these 61 camels were transported across the state without even a single security check.

The article was published in India Today on 20/12/2016


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