Saswat Singhdeo

Unaware of the deadly consequences faced by the wildlife despite coming across horrific stories of loads of plastic items and other indisposable items being removed from the stomachs of animals, most of us are least concerned everytime we dispose non–recyclable waste from our households.

A Twitter user recently posted a picture of a deer standing on heaps of waste dumped at a place which is frequented by wild animals. The user claimed that many animals feed on the waste dumped at the location.

Kishore Chandran wrote, “Disheartening to see animals like Elephants , Deer, Indian Gaur, and you name any animals you see them feeding here. God saves those animals.” According to Kishore, the picture was clicked in Theetukal, Ooty, Nilgiris District in Tamil Nadu.

Subsequently, the tweet went viral on social media and caught the attention of an IFS(Indian Forest Service) officer Sudha Ramen.

Following Kishore's tweet, many took to Twitter expressing concern over the matter.

According to a report by Economic and Political Weekly, 62 million tonnes of waste is generated every year by India. Out of which less than 60% is collected and around 15% is processed. It speaks volumes about the loopholes in the waste management system which is ultimately affecting the wildlife.