08/05/2020 Case seeking Justice for Elephants CA/Writ/ 26/2020
Asian Elephants are loosing numbers very fast due to habitat destruction, and killing by the humans. Sri Lankan Elephants facing many threats. Sri Lanka is home to little more than 5000 elephants.
In 2019 more than 400 elephants have been killed in various incidents. Poisoning, Hakka patas, shooting, train accidents, electrification are few common threats. in late 2019 7 elephants have been killed in Habarana by poisoning.
This case was filed against the Respondents of Minister of Environment and Wildlife Resources, Inspector of General of Office, Director General of Wildlife and Attorney General on 10th February 2020.
The Petitioner CEJ prays from the Court to direct the Respondents to conduct a proper investigation into the deaths of 7 elephants at Habarana area and to punish the perpetrator and to act collectively in order to formulate a National Policy/guidelines/management plan on protection of all elephants including steps minimize attacks on human beings and their properties. This case was taken on 24th February 2020 and the Petitioner was informed to amend the Petition.
This case was supposed to be mentioned to fix a date for support on 26th March 2020. However, as a result of declaration of the special holidays by the government due to Corona virus Pandemic this case is postponed without a due date. (END)