Sri Lanka Battles To Stop Elephants Eating Plastic Trash
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Mon 30th November 2020 | 06:50 PM
Colombo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2020 ) :Sri Lanka's government said Monday that it was building trenches and erecting electric fences to stop elephants eating plastic trash at open garbage dumps.
Plastic in Sri Lankan landfills is a major killer of elephants, with autopsies showing large quantities of it in the stomachs of animals who died in agony after rummaging at dumps.
"Initial work has already begun at two dumps in the Ampara district and we hope to complete the work by early next year," the department said.
A source told AFP that the slanting trenches would be six feet (1.8 metres) deep.
Sri Lanka's elephant population has declined to about 7,000 according to the latest census, down from 12,000 in the early 1900s.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given wildlife officials until mid-2022 to implement a plan to reduce human-elephant conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 600 elephants and nearly 200 people in the past two years.