The Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) has accused the current government of planning a state-sponsored elephant trade, under the guise of updating the orders for registration of tamed elephants after 30 years.
In a statement, MONLAR says that the Gazette Notification No. 2241/41 dated August 19, 2021 states that orders have been issued for the deployment of elephants for work and tourism.
It also charges that the Minister of State for Forest Resources Development – Wimalaweera Dissanayake has issued Wildlife and Flora (Regulation of Protection, Welfare and Registration of Domestic Elephants) Regulation No. 1 of 2021, backing elephant smugglers and violating the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.
The campaign states that the primary definition of the Wildlife Conservation Ordinance is to make provisions to prevent the commercial and other exploitation of wildlife.