An association of veterinary services has called into question the absence of a veterinary surgeon during an operation during which the "man-eating" tigress Avni was killed in the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.
The Pashu Chikitsak Mahasangh, in a letter to the state's wildlife protection officer, said that the order to tranquilize and capture the tigress was a "serious violation" of the article 30 (b) of the Indian Veterinary Council Act 1984 because this task had been entrusted to a private hunter, who is not a licensed veterinarian.
Section 30 (b) of the Act states that only registered veterinarians registered with the Veterinary Council of India or the Veterinary Council of the State of Maharashtra are allowed to practice veterinary medicine.
The Pashu Chikitsak Mahasangh is an umbrella organization of state veterinary associations based in Haryana.
"Willful violation of the law"
The tigress, officially known as T1, is believed to be responsible for the deaths of 13 people in the past two years.
She was killed on November 2 by Asgar Ali, son of the famous sniper Nawab Shafat Ali, at bay no. 149 of Borati Forest in Yavatmal as part of an operation.
The big cat leaves two small children aged 10 months.
"Although the order mentions that there are two veterinarians in his team, field reports indicate that none of them was present during this operation, and allowing Ali to operate in this way is a willful violation of the law, "said the veterinary association. alleged in the letter written Tuesday.
The incident would have occurred at a distance of 8 to 10 meters from the tigress. No veterinarian was present on site and it seems very unlikely that the shooter had time to wait for the drug to work, he added.
"The whole exercise, as reported, appears to be extremely unscientific and illegally conducted," the body said.
Chirantan Kadian, president of Mahasangh, said PTI that the calculation of the dose (tranquilizer) and the administration of the drug fall within the exclusive competence of a licensed veterinary surgeon, while a "hunter" is only a quack ".
"If a veterinarian needs a hunter's shooting skills, he can do the work under his supervision. In addition to tranquilization, a veterinarian must also revive the animal by means of a drug antidote, "he said.
"No private fighter is qualified and trained to handle the consequences of a drug overdose, handle shock, dehydration, overwork of animals, which is common in such cases," said M Kadian.
He added that the order to shoot the tigress should not be considered a precedent and that in the future, only licensed veterinary services would be used.
War of words
The murder of the tigress sparked a war of words between the Minister of Women's Development and the Union's children, Maneka Gandhi, and Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, the latter having publicly criticized the latter to send him back to the government.
While the quarrel intensified, Mungantiwar on Tuesday urged Ms. Gandhi to assume moral responsibility for child deaths due to malnutrition during her tenure and resignation.