Viral Photos: When elephants turned bulldozers

Viral Photos: When elephants turned bulldozers

The police took the unusual route of using elephants to evict hundreds of people living illegally in the Amchang wildlife sanctuary in Assam.

We all know that elephants are very useful animals. They are used to transport people, they are often poached for their tusks – made of precious ivory.

However, in Assam, the police took the unusual route of using elephants to evict hundreds of people living illegally in a protected forest area in the country’s remote north-east. 

Elephants were called in to the 30-square-mile Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary to tear down almost 100 houses, which have been constructed illegally. According to a 2014 forestry department survey, about 6,000 people built homes inside the wildlife sanctuary at 24 locations.

Photograph Credits: Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters

 

Local people also hurled rocks at police who used bulldozers and the elephants in a show of force in Amchang wildlife sanctuary in Assam.

Photograph Credits: Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters

 

Increased encroachment on elephant habitat has been driving growing numbers of human-elephant encounters. Which often end badly for the wild animals and also their successors.

Photograph Credits: Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters

 

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Meanwhile this is not the first time that authorities have used elephants for demolition. Authorities used elephants in 2016, when they removed 300 encroaching houses from the Kaziranga National Park rhino sanctuary.

 

 

However, some environmentalists oppose the use of the animals to demolish structures, arguing it runs counter to their natural instincts and can cause them serious injury.

Women cry after police demolish their huts. Surely which forest officials claims were illegally housing at the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary. Those living inside the sanctuaries argue for alternative living quarters before their existing homes see demolition.

Photograph Credits: Anuwar Hazarika/Reuters

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