Elephants with severe wounds was paraded at Thriprayar - STOP THIS
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47 elephants paraded with wounds and one of them ran amok after attacking another elephant as part of illegal elephant parade at Thrippayar Sreeramaswami Temple.
Enclosed here with is the photograph of an elephant named Kurumbilavu Thiruvanikkavu Devikrishna having severe wounds around the sensitive part of right hind leg which was one of the 47 elephants paraded inside Thrippayar Sreerama Swami temple on 7th December 2015. On that day as part of Ekadashi festival, 47 elephants were paraded inside the compound wall of the temple violating elephant parade guideline issued by the state government which stipulates that nobody has the freedom to parade more than 3 elephants inside the compound wall of the temple. This circular dated 20th March 2013 is enclosed here with. At the end of that illegal elephant parade an elephant named Channanikkad Vijayasundhar had ran amok after attacking another elephant named Nandhilath Gopalakrishnan. The above mentioned circular also states that nobody has the freedom to parade elephants under direct sunlight from 11.00 to 3.00 pm. The illegal elephant parade at Thrippayar temple was conducted from 8.30 am to 12.30 noon under direct sunlight. The wounds at the right hind leg of Devikrishna is so severe that would not allow it for any elephant parade with such wound. But you can see that the elephant contractor and temple authority covered that severe wound with a dirty black cloth to resemble the color of the body of
the elephant. Parading elephants in the way which is shown in the photographs is quite violation of PCA Act 1960 and Wildlife Protection Act 1972. We expect that your authoritative office will arrest all the persons who were party to this type of cruelty to elephants and the parading of 47 elephants violating government circular.
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