New Delhi, Aug 12 (PTI) The Centre today launched a campaign aimed at elephant conservation, with Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan pitching for a strategy for a more even distribution of the animal’s population across the country.

The campaign will cover 12 elephant range states of the country during which artists and craftsmen will create life- size works on the theme of elephants in places along its route, an official statement said.

Launching the campaign, which will be led by the Wildlife Trust of India, Vardhan stressed on the need for attempts to prevent man-animal conflict. According to official data, around 1,144 people have lost their lives in elephant and tiger attacks in the country in the last three years.

The minister added that a “war must be waged” against poachers and hunters who harm elephants and other wildlife, the statement said.

He also released the All India Census 2017 Report on elephants as well as the agreed points of action on trans- boundary conservation of elephants by India and Bangladesh.

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