Gillian Anderson, Dominic West join hands to boycott India's tiger reserves

ANI | Updated: Dec 13, 2017 20:11 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 13 (ANI): Actors Gillian Anderson, Dominic West, musician and photographer Julian Lennon and Oscar-winner Sir Mark Rylance have joined hands to boycott India's tiger reserves.

Advocacy group Survival International's call for a global boycott of India's tiger reserves, until the rights of indigenous people living in them are respected

Survival's Director Stephen Corry said: "People are signing up to our boycott once they hear about the human misery behind India's tiger reserves".

"The NTCA is pursuing an outdated 'fortress conservation' model, and expelling the very owners of the forests who have guarded and maintained them for centuries. It's not only causing untold suffering, it's also not going to save the tiger. The NTCA should reverse its policy quickly, for the sake of the tiger, the tribespeople, and the country's tourism industry," Corry added.

Celebrated Indian author and environmentalist Amitav Ghosh also expressed his support for tribal forest rights.

India's Forest Rights Act guarantees tribal people the right to live on and protect their ancestral land.

However, the country's National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has issued an illegal order to ban the recognition of forest rights in tiger reserves across the country.

After petitioning the Indian government on this urgent issue and receiving no reply, the Survival is calling for a global tourist boycott of tiger reserves until the order is withdrawn.

Many tribal peoples face illegal eviction from their land, despite the fact that there is very little evidence connecting their largely sustainable ways of life to the decline in tiger numbers.

After eviction, the tribal people face lives of poverty and exclusion on the fringes of Indian society.(ANI)