There have been several cases of wildlife in this country being severely mistreated and abused by the hands of us humans. Amongst all these animals who are abused and illtreated by humans much too often are elephants.
So, here are some cases of the mistreatment faced by the elephants in this country and it is time to take some action upon it.
1. An elephant feeding on plastic waste did the rounds due to the irresponsible consumption of plastic by humans. This was also due to humans dumping their waste in forests and the lack of availability of sufficient land.
When cities expand, our dump yards also expand. #Forest land seems easy target for them.— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 26, 2019
This is what our plastic & other waste is doing to wildlife. A marvellous creature on human waste. PC- TN43 FB. pic.twitter.com/wWzBDmMv4n
2. In Uttrakhand, an adult male elephant was found dead due to electrocution after coming in contact with an overhead live wire.
3. In Pappanamcode, Kerala, the world’s oldest elephant Dakshayani, died in captivity. She was kept in a temple there and was made to take part in the processions and ceremonies.
4. In Jamalpur Kalan, Haridwar, two elephants died after they collided with a moving train.
Uttarakhand: Two elephants died after getting hit by a train in Jamalpur Kalan, Haridwar earlier today. pic.twitter.com/DCD2BcoTRW— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019
5. A 70-year-old elephant, Tikiri collapsed from starvation and after being forced to work alongside 60 other elephants at the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka. During this festival, these elephants are made to walk for kilometers and wear flashy costumes in the name of seeking blessings. This elephant died recently.
6. An elephant calf died of electrocution in Bero block’s Khuratoli village which is about 35 Kilometers West of Ranchi district. Villagers use electrical wirings to secure wells and ponds which becomes a fatal hazard for these creatures.
This is not incidence this is planned murder. One more #Elephant— WPSJ (@wpsjharkhand) September 18, 2019
Found dead due to Electric Shock within 12 days at Bero block situated 30 km far from Capital city #Ranchi. @narendramodi@dasraghubar@wti_org_india#Jharkhand #SaveElephants pic.twitter.com/vR1HXm8oRQ
7. In Tamil Nadu, a herd of four elephants tried jumping over a compound wall to cross over to the forest. They tried escaping a busy road after being cornered by people.
Have you have ever seen #elephants jumping a wall !!— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) September 11, 2019
Things they have to do when nowhere to go. When blocked from all sides. This Old video from Hossur will make you wonder !! pic.twitter.com/5aMgHOghkO
8. An ‘almost blind’ elephant Ramachandran, was paraded as the star attraction at a housewarming in Guruvayoor, Kerala. But sensing the huge crowd, the elephant panicked and ran amok into the crowd.
Ramachandran the elephant is still being paraded at festivals despite serious obvious fears for the safety of spectators. He has killed over a dozen people after being tormented beyond his endurance, his life being one of sheer brutality & fear: https://t.co/yp0gl3ivVR— Save The Asian Elephants (@stae_elephants) June 18, 2019
9. A female elephant died after being hit by a goods train in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district. In the last decade, Odisha has lost at least 24 elephants on railway tracks.
10. In Kerala, a temple elephant named Karnan was mercilessly beaten up by mahouts as a seemingly sly tactic to overpower the majestic animal.
Karnan the gentle giant,once a temple elephant ,being mercilessly beaten up in thrissur ,kerala pic.twitter.com/hNNGF7VyID— 𝓹𝓻𝓪𝓶𝓸𝓭 𝓬𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓻𝓪𝓼𝓮𝓴𝓱𝓪𝓻𝓪𝓷 (@pramodchandrase) March 25, 2019
11. In Thailand, a baby elephant collapsed due to exhaustion from being paraded for tourists.
Watching this mother elephant desperately try to help her baby up after he COLLAPSED is heartbreaking.— julie marie cappiello Ⓥ (@jmcappiello) May 27, 2019
This is the elephant tourism industry: roping baby elephants to their mothers who are forced to give rides to tourists.
RT if you will NEVER ride an elephant! pic.twitter.com/ZQ8XaXcfc7
A special mention to the severe elephant abuse at the hands of humans that takes place in West Bengal. Humans practice ‘Hula Pati’ there which means throwing fire torches on the elephants that stray away from their paths.
We humans have visibly lost the sense of empathy to live in harmony with these innocent creatures. It is high time to take strict measures against such atrocities against elephants.