Retire all of India's captive blind elephants!

Retire all of India's captive blind elephants!

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Wildlife SOS started this petition to Director of Project Elephant - Government of India

India is home to more than 2,500 captive working elephants. An estimated 20%+ of these are blind in one or both eyes. It’s long past time to retire these elephants and give them the compassionate care, medical treatment and rehabilitation they deserve!

Blind elephants have a unique problem that should preclude them from being worked and exploited. The fact that they can’t see means that every step they take is perilous. They could fall into a pothole, collide with a motor vehicle, and/or step onto sharp objects like glass or nails.  Swinging their trunk could result in hitting people or objects that they can not see. This can result in trauma to the nerves and muscles of the trunk, causing paralysis and other serious injuries.  

Vision is essential for navigating roads, carrying people, and working events like weddings and festivals. It is both cruel to blind elephants and hazardous to the public to have these animals forced to work in these conditions. It doesn’t have to be this way!

India has strong laws to protect elephants. Retiring these elephants is not only the right ethical decision to make, but also, according to the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, it is the action that should be taken according to existing laws. These elephants should be retired and given a life where they are pampered and cared for. There is a precedent for this. Eight blind elephants  (Lakhi, Bhola, Karma, Suzy, Holly, Karma, Arya and most recently, Nina) have been sent to Wildlife SOS to receive ongoing medical treatment.   

It is estimated that in India hundreds of elephants are blind and forced to work in hazardous situations. It is time that the government take action and move these elephants into retirement where they can receive the care they both need and deserve. Demand action now, and be sure to subscribe for updates!

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