Ensure safety of Indian elephants in German zoo: court

February 2nd, 2011 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the central government and the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to ensure “conducive” atmosphere for a pair of elephants to be sent to Germany from Karnataka, as part of an exchange programme in which two pairs of cheetahs would be brought to India.”Ensure that the elephants live in a conducive atmosphere in Germany,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

The observation came during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Delhi-based trust working for animal welfare, which sought a direction to the government not to send the elephants to Liepzig Zoo in Germany.

The bench disposed the petition after the government and the CZA assured it that the guidelines under the Wildlife (Protection) Act would be followed in the exchange programme.

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