Tiasa Fishing Cat News

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30 August

The Hindustan Times (Kolkata) published this article:

Panchayat joins bid to save fishing cats : Howrah Zilla Parishad would support campaign to raise general awareness on the endangered animal

The Howrah Zilla Parishad has teamed up with an army of conservationists to save the fishing cat, the state animal of Bengal now considered an endangered species.

The Zilla Parishad has assured help to the conservationists, who had proposed to use the three-tier panchayat administration to raise public awareness on the endangered animal.

Though the numbers have been dwindling elsewhere in the state, Howrah is still home to a sizeable contingent of fishing cats.

“This is arguably the first time that all three tiers of the panchayat system will be used to save an endangered animal. Plans are afoot to form a Baghrol Bachao Committee (Save Fishing Cat Committee) in every village (in the Howrah Zilla Parishad area) to raise public awareness on the animal that now faces extinction,” Manas Basu, a top forest and land official of Howrah Zilla Parishad, told HT.

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