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NGO slams Kaziranga propaganda

The Assam Environmental NGO Forum (AENF) expresses deep concern at the propaganda launched against Kaziranga National Park by Survival International in active parleys with BBC Televisions bringing disrepute towards successful history of Kaziranga in protecting the pride of Assam – The Rhino. In a press statement, the Assam Environment NGO Forum coordinator Nitul Nath alleges that the Survival International is campaigning against Kaziranga either due to vested interest they may have to instigate rhino poaching in Kaziranga, or they were misled by some mischievous elements aiding illegal wildlife trade. The AENF appeals to the international communities not to give any attention to such malafied campaign launched by Survival International against Kaziranga National Park. Rhinos are being targeted by well organised gangs of poachers having access to high calibre arms and ammunition threatening not only to the rhinos, but also the frontline forest guards patrolling day and night to protect the rhinos from becoming extinct to ensure that future mankind can see the rhinos alive. Poachers are being killed not just in Kaziranga National Park to protect precious wild animals, but in many protected areas in the world including countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe.

"Why then Survival International is targeting Kaziranga National Park? What is the motive of Survival International asking international tourist not to visit Kaziranga? Are they instigating rhino poaching in Kaziranga and on whose interest, they are working for?" Nath added.

AENF appeals to international tourist not to give any heeds to the propaganda launched by the Survival International in association with the BBC which is totally baseless and uncalled for.

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