I know very little about the case. So let me not judge. The case refers to the wildlife resort coming up close to the elephant sanctuary at Bandipur. Mr. T.G. Ramesh, the promoter of the resort claims: “The Wilderness Resorts Private Limited here will create awareness and spread the message of conservation among tourists through programs such as nature treks, bird-watching, wildlife safaris and star-gazing. It will give direct and indirect employment to the locals and thereby help reduce the villagers’ dependency on the forest and make them a partner in wildlife conservation, monitoring and enforcement.”
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WPSI Director Belinda Wright says: “A resort in that proximity will cause unrest and imbalance among the wildlife; create dependencies on ground water; affect the ecology; and disturb the home and sex life of the elephants” (quotes from http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
How to decide? Why resorts? What about the rights of the animals? Why are all the species a sport to us? Must we see everything? Must we find our entertainment even at the cost of the free life of the animals? Is eco-tourism the right economic alternative to those who live off the forests? How serious are we of conservation? Can’t we leave out that little space earmarked for the animals from our sphere of pleasure?