Kathmandu, November 4, 2011 – AWNN today welcomed the decision of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation not to allow the hunting of blue sheep in Kanchenjunga. The network congratulates the Minister ‘for not selling out Nepal’s precious wildlife’.
The rejected proposal of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) made provisions for hunters to kill Himalayan Blue Sheep in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. AWNN campaigners on July 24 organised a demonstration at the Department, and warned the government against the dire consequences of allowing hunting in Kanchenjunga.
Last week a letter and petition signed by over 2300 people was handed over to the Ministry.
Today the Ministry rejected the hunting proposal stating that hunting blue sheep cannot be allowed because it is the prey species of the highly endangered Snow Leopard and it does not harm people or livestock. According to the Ministry allowing hunting in Kanchenjunga would create a precedence, with other conservation areas in the country wanting to open hunting reserves as well.
Kanchenjunga area has been recognised as one of the 200 eco regions and a Gift to the Earth by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
AWNN campaigners today welcomes the decision and congratulated the Minister for taking a stand for conservation. “Thank you for not selling out Nepal’s precious wildlife but instead showing a commitment to the conservation efforts taking place in protected areas across the country,” said campaign coordinator Santosh Khatiwada.
A write up in Kantipur about the decision can be found here: http://www.ekantipur.com/kantipur/news/news-detail.php?news_id=255508