Heartbreaking elephant abuse – please help end it.
Date: 2016-03-18 10:33
From: “Sharanya P., Care2 Action Alerts”
Stop Elephant Abuse in India
Chris W.’s new petition for elephants is close to my heart.
As a child I looked forward to visits to my family’s
ancestral home in a small village near the Kerala-Tamil
Nadu border in southern India. The highlight of the
trip was the visit to the local temple, or rather, the
visit to see the temple’s elephant.
A scene that is etched in my memory from one of my
trips was seeing the elephant’s legs chained to posts.
Even as a child, I realized something did not seem
right. The latest report of elephant abuse in Kerala
brought me right back to that painful memory:
A blind, injured elephant was allegedly forced to carry
an idol, and trainers used a banned weapon called an
ankush (similar to a bullhook) to control the animal
through fear. At the festival, this elephant and others
were reportedly forced to stand and/or walk for
extended periods of time in hot weather.
These sensitive social animals don’t deserve to be
mistreated this way. Join Care2 animal welfare activist
Chris W. and urge the Indian Forest Department to
punish the abusers.
The alleged abuse violates an August 2015 Supreme Court
Order to ensure that elephants aren’t mistreated during
festivals. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is
asking the Kerala Forest Department to take action
against any abuse that occurred. Please join these
local advocates for animals by adding your name to
Chris W.’s petition.
We cannot allow abuse of animals to continue in the
name of entertainment or religion. Sign Chris’ petition
now and urge the Kerala Forest Department to
investigate elephant abuse and punish all those
responsible for harming elephants!
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