16th Elephant dead since January! The sufferings of mighty blacks turning into skinny mammals


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They use them – In fact a lot. However, in return, the wild beasts have no powers and reach the grave! Elephants are those animals, that are being ill-treated. The hunt for its trunk is what a huge threat to the family of giants. When the mighty blacks travel in the streets during the festive processions, we all would have admired them when we were kids. But the reality is that the story beyond the ceremony and an amazing elephant ride, some times hold the dark story. The lack of proper care would cost their lives.

In that regard, about 16 captive elephants in Kerala died in the past 8 months. V.K. Venkitachalam, secretary of the Thrissur-based Heritage Animal Task Force, has alleged that negligence, torture and unscientific training methods resulted in the death of 16 elephants. Four days ago, 58-year-old Nandilath Arjun, an elephant was found dead in its waterlogged tether ground near Kundrathur in Thrissur district. He looked skinny and had starved to death! Another elephant named Mukkomban Ganapathy (56) died due to starvation just a few days before Nandilath Arjun. There were many similar cases, and in most of them, the reason is starvation and improper care.

“All these 16 elephants were kept at open spaces without having a shelter by persons having no statutory ownership certificates issued by the Kerala Chief Wildlife Warden,” said Mr. Venkitachalam. According to the Kerala State Forest Department, about 521 elephants were in captivity in the state. And now, due to the registered number of deaths, the Task Force urged the Director, Project Elephant, to conduct inquiry and to initiate penal action against persons responsible for the elephants’ deaths.

News and Photo Courtesy: The Hindu


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