Elephants are now became a National Heritage animal of India and protected under scheduled one of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972. Former Minister for Environment and Forest Mr. Jairam Ramesh introduced a scheme haathi mere saathi. These lovely creatures are abused in India: for joy, pride, publicity tool, political party symbol, begging instrument, personnel gain and profit.
Founder chairman, People for Animals (PFA) Haryana Naresh Kadyan, now representing OIPA in India as well, moved a PIL 8987 of 2006, which was decided in favour, Iron Ankush was banned, Guidelines converted to rules by the Rajasthan High Court ( Jaipur Bench) but all concerned officials are sleeping on this issue, where as Elephant being an National heritage animal of India, no one can play, abuse, hence Elephant polo be permanently banned in India, Animal Welfare Board of India be directed to with draw the permission granted u/s 38 of the PCA Act, 1960 and CZA also be directed for similar action. Ministry of Environment and Forest be directed to frame strong rules and regulations to control abuse, stress, pain and injury. All captive Elephants be rescued and rehabilitated at once, where as CZA failed to rehabilitate Zoo and circuses elephants. All kinds of commercial activities using Elephants image like Carlsberg beer also be banned.
The Chief Election Commissioner of India, also be advised to ask Bahujan Samaj Party to change their political party symbol replacing Elephant.
Matter has been taken up with the HE the President of India vide No. PRSEC/E/2011/13024 and GOVRJ/E/2011/00329 on the eve of India's Independence by Naresh Kadyan.
Definition of Elephant polo :
'Elephant polo' is just another way of deriving sadistic pleasure by humans in watching the captive jumbos in excruciating pain, for nothing but entertainment of mankind.
It is with a lot of pain, torture and abuse that a wild captured elephant is made ready to play the game/ sport of 'elephant polo'. I was shocked to learn that Carlsberg Elephant Strong presents the Polo Cup - Unique Sporting Experiences on August 21 2011 in Jaipur. Elephants who are forced to participate in polo matches are captured from the wild and taken away from their families and homes. They routinely suffer chronic physical ailments, social and emotional deprivation, confinement, and premature death. You may not be aware that trainers gouge bullhooks into elephants' sensitive skin in order to force them to perform. This cruel game makes life even more miserable for captive elephants, whose "training" consists of systematic torture, which begins when still-nursing baby elephants are dragged from their mothers, kicking and screaming. They are immobilized, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with nails for days at a time.
Elephants do not naturally ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, jump through rings of fire, or play polo. In order to force them to perform these confusing and physically uncomfortable tricks, elephants are typically trained with extremely cruel methods that inflict pain and cause fear. Supporting the barbaric practice of forcing elephants to entertain tourists will only tarnish your company's reputation. I hope that you will take action on this important issue and immediately end your sponsorship of this cruel and disgraceful game.
Poem about elephant polo by Maria Daine:
Think of us - We are large and heavy and our feet are sore, We are part of a game with a tiny ball. There are long sticks and shouting, We don’t know the score. We don’t understand but we must go forth. There is cheering and clapping, We don’t make a sound. We tire very easily thudding the ground.
Can you guess what we are?
Can you guess what we do?
We are elephants, elephants,
Playing polo for you ...