India Allows Tasers To Control Wild Animals
Thiruvananthapuram, India – Although Tasers and Stun Guns are still illegal for the general public to possess, India will allow them for use by forest rangers for animal control. The Kerala Forest Department announced that they will use the Tasers as a means of controlling wild animal attacks along the Sahyādri mountain range in western India.
The Tasers will be used to fight off and subdue wild animals such as Tigers, who have a tendency to roam into villages and small towns near jungle areas.
Wild animal attacks occur in large numbers in local villages bordering the forest areas in Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Wayanad and Thiruvananthapuram.
Tasers work by firing two metal probes attached to a wire that send an electrical shock that penetrates the skin or fur, leading to a loss of muscle control and disorientation. The electrical shock will then stop the animal in its tracks, affecting the nervous system and interrupting the neuro-impluse communication with the brain.
Kerala Forestry officials, have tried conventional methods such as, traps and tranquilizer guns, however they have been ineffective in controlling some of the more violent and large animals such as tigers and elephants, that often attack humans. As a result they sought out new, non-lethal methods of controlling the animals without putting forest rangers in harm’s way.
“We have lost many lives because we could neither shoot down the animal nor save the victim. The stun guns will be used in life-and-death situations where there is hardly any time for response,” a senior forest official said. He said this device could even be used for overpowering elephants that go on the rampage under ‘musth’. “Usually, it takes hours to calm down such elephants. But one shot from this gun can bring an elephant to its knees, and then mahouts can take over.”
Paramjit Singh, head of Taser International (India), said that 10,000 Taser guns are being used in the USA both by Marshal Services and wildlife officials monitoring safari parks.
It’s interesting that India has seen the benefit of non-lethal methods of animal control. However, they should also realize that these same non-lethal methods can also provide a benefit to the citizens of their country against the criminals who prey on the innocent. A Taser would be the perfect option for the people of India who crave an inexpensive and effective way to provide for their own defense.
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