Its official: Camel is Rajasthan’s state animal!

Camel breeders are happy that the camel will receive protection, but are worried about te planned ban on moving camels across state borders

Camel breeders are happy that the camel will receive protection, but are worried about te planned ban on moving camels across state borders

Yesterday camel herders from both Maru and Godwar Raika communities met at Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan’s headquarters to discuss the implication of the planned ban on taking camels outside the state. They fear that this will undermine their livelihoods as even fewer buyers may come to the Pushkar Fair this year. Already sales have been very low in the last few years as demand for draught animals has declined. For more about the gist of the discussions, please see the press release of LPPS.

Later in the day, Rajasthan’s cabinet declared the camel as state animal, announcing a number of protection measures. But unless they help to generate income they will not solve the problem of declining camel numbers. Camels will only be kept if there are economic incentives to do so, as the case of Pakistan with its burgeoning camel population of one million head illustrates.

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I'm a researcher, writer and activist passionately believing in animal cultures rather than animal industries. Since about 20 years I have been making my home among the Raika, the traditional camel and sheep herders of Rajasthan in India, and observed how their life has been changing... how economic development, forest policies, population growth and other factors are impacting their traditional way of life. With the help of my colleagues from Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (www.lpps.org) and League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (www.pastoralpeoples.org) I have been trying to support them in their struggle for cultural and economic survival. On this blog I would like to chronicle some of these efforts.
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2 Responses to Its official: Camel is Rajasthan’s state animal!

  1. raziqkakar says:

    I think ban will never help camel development. Camel cannot be conserved as endangered species like lion, elephant etc.It will rather worsen the situation as the camel herders would have no additional income from the camel, nevertheless there is demand for camel in adjoining states especially Punjab and Gujarat. I thing harvesting diverse markets can help camel herders with additional and surplus income. It is an integral part of the culture of Pastoralists and tool of livelihood earning. I wish and hope the state government will find ways for better camel trading and marketing. The idea of Niche products is really heart touching and I salute vision of the Ilse Kohler Rollefson as she initiated Bio-paper from camel dung, ice-cream from camel milk and other niche products.

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