GUWAHATI, July 28 - On the occasion of International Tiger Day tomorrow, Governor PB Acharya has appealed to the government functionaries and wildlife enthusiasts to help protect the big cats.
In a statement, the Governor said, �International Tiger Day gives us an opportunity to lend our support towards generating worldwide attention for the protection and preservation of the big cats.�
Moreover, praising the diverse and rich flora and fauna of the North-east, the Governor said that the tiger play an important role in enriching the biodiversity of the region and on this day �we should take a pledge for the conservation of this creature.�
The Governor lined up a priority agenda and stated that the eco-sensitive zone guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change should be strictly adhered to around the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries for the protection, preservation, conservation and unhindered proliferation of every species of flora and fauna.
Acharya also said that various human activities leading to shrinking of forests and natural habitats were responsible for the dwindling tiger population around the world.
In view of the disturbing trend, he called upon all the stakeholders as well as animal lovers to take proactive steps to reduce confrontational situations where various developmental activities encroach upon tiger habitats.
The Governor added that on the International Tiger Day, everybody should resolve to do their bit for the conservation of tigers and help increase its population. He said, �India is known the world over for its rich tiger population and this image should not be allowed to be tarnished at any cost.� �