Stop using elephants for the Esala Perahera in Kandy, Sri Lanka

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This must stop!

Someone wrote the following:

"This is Tikiiri, a 70-year-old ailing female. She is one of the 60 elephants who must work in the service of the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka this year. Tikiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night every night for ten consecutive nights, amidst the noise, the fireworks, and smoke. She walks many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony. No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume. No one sees the tears in her eyes, injured by the bright lights that decorate her mask, no one sees her difficulty to step as her legs are short shackled while she walks.

For a ceremony, all have the right to belief as long as that belief does not disturb or harm another. How can we call this a blessing, or something holy, if we make other lives to suffer?"

Sadly in September 2019 Tikiri died from extreme malnutrition and exhaustion. Tikiri worked her whole life as a slave. Please help to stop this. We must work together to save and protect elephants like Tikiri and the other 60 other elephants. The 10-day festival already started.

Let's make a change!