Create a Sanctuary for the Traumatized & Endangered Asian Elephants of Amer Fort

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Amer Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site: red sandstone walls, intricate architecture, and a majestic palace… but alas, right in front of its exquisite exterior exists animal cruelty.

Here, many tourists book an elephant ride so they can feel "royal"… like the Maharajas and Maharanis who inhabited the fort in the 18th century.

However, is it really royal to force these intelligent sentient beings to trudge along entertaining humans in the sweltering heat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?

Supporting elephant rides isn’t royal… it's cruel.

According to PETA, none of the elephants are registered with the Animal Welfare Board of India which is a violation of “The Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act”.

Trainers whip the elephants, poke and prod them into submission, paint traditional patterns on their skin, and keep them chained down in stables, causing both physical and mental trauma.

Although the Indian government has passed rules, regulations, and restrictions on elephant rides, it is a crime to allow these rides to even exist!

Many elephants have been rescued from hard labor and brought to Amer Fort. But is it right to take the elephants out of one harmful environment and place them in another?

Elephants are not vehicles. Their body isn’t made for walking on stone, being steered like a car, or being confined like slaves. They aren’t canvases to appease human eye.

In a culture that worships Ganesha, shouldn't we be worshipping elephants rather than abusing them?

To the Indian government I say, create an elephant sanctuary to protect the elephants and the livelihoods of the mahouts (trainers).

By signing this petition, you are encouraging the creation of an elephant sanctuary to rehabilitate the Amer Fort elephants in Jaipur.

We must speak up. We must take action. Let’s all act like true royalty and protect the elephants of Amer Fort.