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THE JUNGLEES organized a massive STUDENTS RALLY cum Awareness Campaign to save habitat at Purbasthali on 8/2/2020.

The focus of the campaign was in reference to Purbasthali oxbow lake, the largest wintering ground for thousands of Migratory Birds in south Bengal, and a popular out-door heritage for eco-tourism now faces an impending doom on habitat degradation. The unique wetland eco-system here is under severe threat due to over siltation coupled with chocking of the water body with water-hyacinth, engulfing half of the 10 square kilometer area. A grave disaster has surfaced over last couple of years that NOW threatens the very existence of the famous ox-bow lake. The narrow channel that feeds the oxbow lake with fresh water from river Bhagirathi is almost cut off due to siltation and the problem compounds with drying up of the cavity, perishing vast stretch of submerged aquatic plants and associated life forms thrived therein which is the key component of Migratory Birds’ food base. This snowballs into dwindling numbers of ducks and waders arrival over the past successive years.

THE JUNGLEES took up this environmental challenge to restore the eco-system by addressing the issue at a larger forum of Purbasthali populace through an innovative down to earth Public Awareness Campaign. An estimated strength of 3500 students and teachers from 16 local schools in solidarity with local traders, villagers and all associated stake holders agreed to support our COMMON CAUSE through this RALLY requesting the authorities to ACT AND ALLIVIATE THE PLIGHT OF THE WINGED GUESTS FROM FARAWAY LANDS BEYOND THE BORDERS OF INDIA.

The campaign was Sponsored by Indian Oil Corporation and supported by Britannia Industries Limited. Members Dr. Mafizul Haque, Sanjay Thakur, Ali Asgar Hanif, Anis Hazrat, P-K Ray, Jayanta Dasgupta, Safdar Rangoonwala and Manoj Ghosh took part in the initiative and preparedness besides donating for the cause.
The JUNGLEES in its rural outreach, organised a movie screening on migratory birds “WINGED MIGRATION” for raising awareness to promote wildlife conservation at Moshagram, a village located in Burdwan District, West Bengal on 4th March, 2010. The event, sponsored by LG, attracted people from all age groups and was directed towards helping them appreciate the importance of protecting Migratory Birds / wildlife around them. The riverbed of Ajoy in Moshagram attracts migratory birds from the world over and in the pursuit of instilling this awareness among the local people, this event was organised and successfully carried out. Secretary Raja Chatterjee along with members Sukumar, Priyankar, Sanjay along with staff from LG attended the event.
Judiciary Orientation Programme on Wildlife Crime
The Junglees in its mission to consolidate judiciary against wildlife crime have organised an workshop with the judges at the Bankshal Court at Calcutta on December 12,2014. Titled as the "Judiciary Orientation Programme on Wildlife Crime", the workshop was conducted by Mr. Pradip Chatterjee,Public Prosecutor of Govt. of West Bengal for the State Forest Department and was attended by 17 Judges of the Court. With an overview of 'Wildlife Protection Acts'with its subsequent amendments vis-a-vis recent case histories, the workshop aimed to create awareness and sensitize the judiciary i.e. the judges and lawyers about how to better deal with cases related to crimes committed against wildlife.The State Forest Department was represented by Dr.S Kulandaivel, DCF(wl), Ms. Niranjita Mitra, Conservator(WL) and Mr. Subrata Pal Choudhury, Technical Assistant, Dept. of Wildlife, Govt of WB. Mr. Pal Chowdhury shared his experience and tips about how to identify real animal parts from fake ones. He also expressed his concerns about the acute shortage of field staff deployed for wildlife protection (1 guard for 10000 sq.km forest area !!). The public prosecutor also shared his views on handling wildlife related cases and how the sections of the Wildlife Protection Act need to be interpreted.While Mr. Viswaroop Sett, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate hailed THE JUNGLEES for the workshop in his opening speech, Mr.Raja Chatterjee,Secretary of The Junglees appraised the house about the importance of such workshop and plans to organise similar ones around Bengal incluing at the High Court of Calcutta in near future. Members Mr. Mafizul Haque and Mr. Santanu Chakraborty facilated the event with distribution of copies of Wildlife Protection Act, Leaflets among the judges and capturing images.

An Appeal
October, 1998

We, the BLACKBUCKS & CHINKARAS on behalf of Wildlife in India send this S.O.S. to you. As you are aware of, some members from our two families have been brutally killed in the forests of Jodhpur (Rajasthan) early this month. Following the media reports, Police actions and Judicial proceedings, it appears that, Messer's Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Satish Shah and their accomplices Ms. Sonali Bendre, Ms Neelam and Ms. Taboo were engaged in this heinous act while on a shooting spree.

Sir, it casts the crudest picture in our and in the Indian public mind about the partners in crime, whoever they really may be. For they know, we can't fight a fire arm!

We hereby, strongly demand stringent action and exemplary punishment against all such offenders, at the earliest : Or else, our laws of the land and Constitution, which enjoys faith and mandate of 900 million people will soon become a mockery, that can't even protect an endangered community of 9000 members.

Presently, THE JUNGLEES (a wildlife N.G.O.), in association with the school students of Calcutta are taking up our cause too, seeking Justice and protection for us, from the right quarters. Please sign up in solidarity.
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