Wildlife SOS: Ending India’s Wildlife Trafficking One Precious Creature at a Time
The country of India is not only one of the largest nations in the world in terms of geography, but it also has a culture and history that’s among the most colourful and fascinating. The country also has vast natural terrain and wildlife that are unique to India, enticing people from all over the world to visit and experience. Unfortunately, much of this wildlife is being threatened by hunters and other illegal and inhumane activities. Majestic animals such as dancing bears, elephants and leopards may find themselves heading towards extinction due to mankind’s ignorance and cruelty.
Wildlife SOS is a non-profit organisation that aims to stand up for India’s wildlife animals who cannot stand up for themselves. In addition to its wildlife protection efforts, Wildlife SOS is also involved in environmental conservation. After all, preserving the natural environment is the best way to ensure that animals—and humans—continue to thrive.
Who founded Wildlife SOS?
Wildlife SOS was founded by Geeta Seshamani and Kartick Satyanarayan. A university lecturer in English literature, Geeta has also been running the Society for the Eradication of Cruelty to Animals (SECA) for nearly three decades. SECA specialises in providing medical care for pets as well as equines (donkeys, horses, etc.) Her desire to extend her help to wildlife animals was sparked when she one day saw a man dragging an injured bear and begging for money, in the guise of raising funds for the bear’s medical care.
Kartick, on the other hand, studied business management and commerce but has always cared for animals his entire life. In fact, while on field work, he made a citizen’s arrest when he came across illegal poachers who were hunting tigers and other wildlife animals. He then decided that having a soft spot for animals wasn’t enough, it was time for clear and decisive action.
How does Wildlife SOS stop animal crimes?
Few people know that animal trafficking leads to a gigantic profit that is only topped by narcotics crime. This is why trying to put a stop to wildlife crime has always been a great challenge. Wildlife SOS has formed Forest Watch, a team that specialises in investigating and stopping wildlife crimes with the help of police, informants, forest departments and civilians. One of the team’s greatest success stories is the arrest of the notorious Lady Trader Bibi Jaan who has been illegally trading bears for nearly two decades.
How can you contribute to the organisation’s cause?
You can support the organisation’s cause by volunteering, making a donation from within or outside India, buying Wildlife SOS merchandise or by simply taking the time to visit one of the centres when you’re in the country.
Visit the website here: http://www.wildlifesos.org/