Maneka, who is also an animal rights activist, said that the ministry was “writing letters to every state and allowing the killing of animals like elephants, wild boars and monkeys”.
However, it could not be verified in what context the minister was speaking.
Earlier, on June 1, in a social media interaction, Maneka had also called for a nation-wide online protest to ban cow-slaughter. She also voiced her protest against zoos and said that “they are no longer a place of amusement for children and should be banned”.On March 14, the Union Government had issued a notification and declared monkeys a vermin for a period of six months, in Himachal Pradesh. This was done after the government received several requests from state authorities stating that the ‘monkey menace’ was affecting the state’s tourism sector.
In June last year, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had told media that animals which cause nuisance to farmers and local population like blue bull and wild boar can be declared as vermin for a short period of time. “We will give the states permission to kill these animals,” he had said.