Written by: Karan Yadav
Think of a situation where humans are caged according to their size in hierarchy for their whole life, isolated from their families and friends, from their natural habitat and are objects of entertainment for other animals, which pay to see them losing their mind every day for their rest of their lives. The situation is alarming to our eyes and ears and only thinking about it takes the shape of a nightmare for many. But we are doing the same with the citizens of forests, who are separated from their families and are treated as objects of entertainment for the citizens of the modern world.
The national zoological park is a 16th century citadel, a sprawling green island with a motley collection of animals and birds.The concept of Zoo is heartbreaking, if we think logically. Caging the king of the jungle, who has territories for kilometers and lives with his pride, to a small confined place shows the cruelty we humans are meting out to them. The gigantic lizards of the Stone Age, who grew in size of 15 to 20 feet, are living with a mere size of 3 to 4 feet in the dead waters of the zoo. Foxes and Wolves, distant cousins of dogs, are running round and round in their isolated cages. Parrots banging their heads on the caged walls and screaming, reveals the pain and claustrophobia they all are suffering through. This wild image of the zoological park is a reality which is not seen or generally ignored by many. With an estimate of 1400 animals, the zoological park is a modern age replica of a forest with cages installed to place animals within them. With animals categorized in schedule-1 and 2 categories, the zoo provides variations in the herbivores and carnivores, e.g. Black buck, white buck, leopard cat, deer brow, hippopotamus, Asiatic elephant, white tiger, lion, jaguar, Indian rhinoceros, wolf, fox , peacocks, parakeets, parrots, hornbill, hornbill grey, spoonbill white, owl screech, shikra etc.
2017 came as a dark year for the zoological park as a total of 171 animals died, becoming the highest number seen across India and in the past few years. According to the sources, the animals that died were mostly birds, deer and antelopes
DELHI ZOO DEATH TOLL
- 2016-17: 171
- 2015-16: 82
- 2014-15: 59
- 2013-14: 87
- 2012-13: 55
- 2011-12: 67
- 2010-11: 108
Is caging the animals in the name of protection the apt thing to do? Are we capable to provide for the well being of the animals as efficiently as nature does? If not then we have no business to keep the creatures of the wild enclosed and caged up in Zoos that serve no other purpose except the entertainment of the human race!
About the author : Karan Yadav is a trainee journalist in India Today Media Institute
Published by : Karan Yadav
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