Human interference in nature has decreased due to lockdowns and various other reasons in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. As a result, in several parts of the world, biodiversity has gained a new lease of life. However, in Bangladesh, it is quite the opposite. The killing of wild animals has increased even amid this pandemic.
World Biodiversity Day was observed on Saturday, 22 May. This year, the theme of the day is “our solutions are in nature”.
According to the forest department, three tigers have been killed in the last 14 months and a record number of elephants, the biggest of the animals on land, have been killed in the last year. It is also being estimated that we had observed the most horrific period of whale killing last year. Apart from that, killings and trafficking of other animals also have increased as compared to previous years. Even the hills have become endangered amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The data of the forest department and other wildlife organisations shows that the killing of tigers had almost stopped in the time period between 2017 and 2019. However, since March last year, two royal Bengal tigers have been killed. Apart from that, two tigers were killed after being injured in a trap and in January this year. The forest department and law enforcement agencies detained a man with the skin and other organs of a tiger. So three tigers were killed in the last 14 months.
In reply to a question of an MP of the ruling party in the parliament last September, Md Shahab Uddin, minister of environment, forest and climate change, said as many as 24 tigers had been shot or beaten to death in the last 24 years.
Besides, some 10 tigers had been reported to have died of natural causes. That means each year one tiger is being killed on average.