2 NOV = AVNI DAY = DAY OF PROTEST.

Justice

The 2nd of November 2018 is a black day in the history of tiger conservation. A six-year-old tigress, mother of two cubs, was killed in Indian state Maharashtra by Asghar Ali Khan, the son of a professional marksman, Nawab Shafath Ali Khan.

Avni was allegedly charged with the killing of 13 humans. The Indian Supreme Court approved the tranquilizing of Avni by the forest department. Apparently the hunting team, with more than 100 people involved, was attacked by Avni – which was supposed to be the reason Avni was shot dead.

The hunting and killing of Avni caused uproar in India and abroad. Mass demonstrations, petitions and online awareness campaigns engaged millions of people, supporting the tigress and her cubs that also had to be removed from the wild.

One year later there are still major doubts about the killing of Avni.

Unclear

The father of the killer of Avni, Asghar Ali Khan, has been involved in many hunting parties. His presence in the hunting of Avni was highly remarkable. But not only his presence raised eyebrows. The Maharashtra Forest Department claimed that the tigress was killed in self-defense, but the results of the autopsy showed a different pattern:

  • The autopsy report of Avni, officially known as T1, showed that she was not tranquilized at all, despite a dart in her thighs. This fact raised suspicions that Avni was killed deliberately, despite the order of the Supreme Court to tranquilize her, and that the insertion of the dart was a cover-up.
  • The dart was secured to the body with a strap. This is highly remarkable because darts are always removed. It raises suspicion that the strapped dart was placed deliberately to show the world that she was tranquilized.
  • The post-mortem report showed that the impact of the dart was not like the dart was shot from a ‘syringe projector’ or a tranquilizing gun.
  • The post-mortem report also said that the dart (5-millilitres capacity with a 1.5-inch collared needle) was “placed subcutaneously” in Avni’s left thigh.
  • Also the post-mortem showed that there was no haemorrhage observed in the muscles at the darting site showed.
  • Last but not least it showed that the tigress was facing away from the shooter when he pulled the trigger, which indicates she did not attack.

The report also claimed that the death of Avni was due to excessive internal hemorrhage and cardio-respiratory failure, while her stomach and intestines were filled with fluid and gas, indicating she had not been hunting or eating for four to five days.

Strong support

A lot of people felt fooled by the Forest Department of Maharashtra. People went into the streets to demonstrate and Internet campaigns were very successful, reaching and engaging millions of supporters, amongst others with #justice4tigressavni.

Politicians started blaming each other for Avni’s death. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi claimed that Avni could have been saved by capturing her alive through tranquilization. She also demanded with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis that Maharashtra forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar should be removed from his job: “It is nothing but a straight case of crime,” she tweeted with the hash tag #Justice4TigressAvni. In the end nothing happened: nobody took responsibility.

The ones responsible walk free, but not her cubs

Despite the uproar nothing really happened. The politically responsible ones didn’t do a thing and refused to take the blame, leaving lots of people upset.

Her cubs, one male and one female, were the next to capture. The female cub (T1C2) was only captured in December, almost two months after the killing of Avni. She was taken to Pench Tiger Reserve, to be kept in an enclosure, ‘almost like an open forest’. The male cub (T1C1) was never captured, despite intense hunting sessions. The last news is that he is still roaming free, as he should be.

compartment no 665 in the Anji forest in Ralegaon…

Read more at: https://www.mynation.com/news/tigress-avni-female-cub-captured-maharashtra-india-pk6uv0

compartment no 665 in the Anji forest in Ralegaon…

Read more at: https://www.mynation.com/news/tigress-avni-female-cub-captured-maharashtra-india-pk6uv0

compartment no 665 in the Anji forest in Ralegaon…

Read more at: https://www.mynation.com/news/tigress-avni-female-cub-captured-maharashtra-india-pk6uv0

AVNI DAY - the 2nd of November

In remembrance of tigress Avni we announce the 2nd of November be AVNI DAY, a day of peaceful but loud protest.

A protest against corruption, covering-up and lobbying.

A protest for transparency, honesty and justice. For Avni. And for all other tigers (like Ustad, Munna) that have been treated unfair.