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Elephant Culling Debate in Sri Lanka

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Recent comments by elephant expert Ajay Desai have raised some fundamental questions regarding the human management of  wild elephants and the problems of human-elephant coexistence in Sri Lanka. At a public lecture titled “A Way Forward With Elephants”, Ajay Desai, co-chair of the IUCN/SSG Asian Elephant Specialist Group, considered culling as a means of resolving human-elephant conflict. Unsurprisingly, such a radical suggestion elicited response from other elephant experts (among whom lively debate always prospers!). Professor Charles Santiapillai, wrote this response published in The Island:

Mulling Over Culling of Elephants in Sri Lanka

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