The infamous killing of black bucks had hit the headlines in 1998 in Jodhpur and the case is still under trial. Salman Khan was even imprisoned in the case for the shooting of the endangered species. The wildlife activists are planning to appeal to the Union government against the decision. The Bishnoi Tiger Vanyajeev Evam Paryavaran Sansthan (BTVPS) said they will soon to write to the President and the Prime Minister protesting against the decision.
People for Animals also expressed their regret on the Union Government's decision to honour an accused. The organization is now planning to approach the Union minister for forests and environment, Jairam Ramesh saying that this decision is hurting the dignity of the award as well as the spirit of the other deserving recipients.