We've grown up listening to and humming along to his
soulful ghazals. His magical voice has touched the hearts of millions of people
around the world, and now that Jagjit Singh is gone, he will always be
remembered for this beautiful voice and for his decision to use it to speak up
for those whose cries often go unheard: animals.
As the world pays tribute to the legendary singer, we take
this time to remind you that Singh helped PETA's campaign to stop elephants from
being needlessly killed by speeding trains on railway tracks. His efforts to
help stop the cruelty to these magnificent giants will live on through PETA's
campaign until adequate steps are taken by the government to end their
suffering. Singh had fired off a letter to former Railways Minister Kumari
Mamata Banerjee calling on her to use her time in the Ministry to limit the
speed of trains running through elephant corridors and to use speed-detection
guns – successfully demonstrated by PETA – to monitor train speeds.
"It is difficult to understand why elephants
continue to die when there are ways to solve this problem", wrote Singh,
who noted that strict speed limits are particularly important in areas where
elephants are common. "A speed-detection device, which PETA has procured
and demonstrated, offers an effective, simple way to slow down trains. Drivers
going at dangerous speeds could be punished, and notifying conductors that such
monitoring is taking place will encourage them to slow down."
In Jagjitji's honour, become a part of the campaign
that was close to his heart. Take action to help elephants here.
Posted by Kriti-S
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