“Save the hornbill from extinction” online campaign/petition has had an overwhelming response from concerned citizens from around the globe.
The campaign started by Hornbill Conservation Initiative (HCI), a committee set up by an NGO, Green Succession of Nagaland State (Green-SONS) was aimed at saving the hornbill bird and promoting its conservation in Nagaland. The awareness campaign was kicked off during the Hornbill festival.
HCI secretary Mhathung said, “We have had a tiring but rewarding time this month in our “Save the hornbill” awareness campaign at Hornbill festival. Public support has been overwhelming.
The online petition has enabled people from around the world to voice out their concern.” HCI will submit the signed petition along with comments from the signatories to the Union minister for forests & environment in January 2012. Concerned citizens can still sign the online petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/7/save-the-hornbill/
The campaign initiated by HCI has been widely supported by people from all walks of life and from different parts of the world. “Great effort from the people of Nagaland. A beautiful state with nature but with less birds and animals.
This great effort can bring back the glory of beauty in your state once again. Animals and birds like Hornbill have rights to live,” wrote an online commentator Vishwanath Appachu. He said that if a hornbill was seen in the forests, it indicated that there was abundance of “forest and food for animals and birds to eat” and saving hornbill was like saving the forest.
Sounding a note of caution, another commentator Dr. Manish Kumar wrote, “I have seen these beautiful birds being sold in local markets of Kohima and Dimapur under very eyes of police personnel. Nagas must become sensitive to the blessings God has bestowed upon them in form of lush forests with its inhabitants and save and conserve them.”
Emphasizing the need for government intervention, Zhabu Yimsung, a signatory of the petition wrote, “Why not the government of Nagaland instead of spending a huge amount of money organizing cultural shows during the so called Hornbill festival, invest the same towards conservation of the endangered hornbills.”
Another commentator from USA, Peter Hayton reflecting similar concern wrote, “please do all you can to save this magnificent and beautiful bird that is so entwined in the social and cultural life of the Naga people… Hornbill can be saved for future Naga children and people to enjoy watching them fly the skies over Nagaland instead of a glass box in some museum.”
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Victoria Molinari from USA wrote, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” “Every time a species is lost, we have lost an important link in the web of life.
The Hornbill needs to have protected status,” wrote Dr. Raviner Kaur from Australia. Calling for action on saving the hornbill Yin Sareo wrote, “Extinction is forever…no second chances. Let’s act now!”.