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May 18, 1901

WILD BEASTS IN INDIA.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(20):1401. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470200041007

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Abstract

A correspondent of the Indian Medical Record makes a vigorous protest against the Indian Forest Department's regulations, under which the extirpation of the homicidal wild beasts that infect that country is made impossible. He says the government forests and the game laws are practically responsible for the loss of thousands of human lives, and the ruin of cultivators, all for the benefit of a certain revenue and the sporting proclivities of a privileged class. Shooting privileges are strictly restricted and the consequence is the wild beasts multiply. Owing to these laws he says some sections have become depopulated. The cultivator must not kill the animals that ravage his fields or endanger his own life and destroy his domestic animals, therefore, villages are abandoned and become overgrown with jungle, thus increasing the evils. There may be some reasons for forest preservation, but authorities who make and enforce laws that cost thousands

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