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Petition to arrest all the organizers of illegal Guruvayur elephant race

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This is the videograph of torturous elephant race (this elephant is Junior Kesavan of Guruvayur devaswom) conducted at Guruvayur Temple as part of 2011 temple festival. This practice continued during 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. This year, Guruvayur devaswom declared Guruvayur Gopikannan as the winner of elephant race on 20th Feb, 2016.

On that day, infront of Guruvayoor temple in Thrissur District of Kerala State 27 elephants were forcefully compelled to run under scorching sunlight without adhering to the elephant preservation rules. This type of compelling elephants to run is a quite violation of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. The Suprem Court of India had ordered the Kerala State Govt. on 15-08-2015 to implement these statutes while using elephants in connection with any use in worship places. But the Guruvayoor Devaswam today compelled 27 elephants to walk from Guruvayoor elephant camp to the Manjulal area (total distance of 3kms) between 1.30pm and 2.30pm under scorching sunlight without adhering to the elephant preservation rule. This area is a tarred road. The temperature of this area was 360C. Then from 3pm onwards these 27 elephants were forced to run towards the eastern gopura of Guruvayoor temple to determine the fastest running elephants. One of these 27 elephants was Ramankutty having an age of 68. As per the rules elephants above 65 years must be kept away from any duty which put them in stress. This type of running of elephants is very harmful to the elephants in chains as the chains tightened around their legs and body are not favourable to move their legs for running. Moreover, the mahout sitting atop the elephant and the mahout who run with the elephant continuously beat the elephant by using banned weapons like ankush having curved iron hook, ten meter long iron pole and one meter long stick having iron object at its tip. All this banned weapons are used to inflict pain all over the body of elephant for compelling it to run fast. All these unlawful activities happened at Guruvayoor temple with the help of the administrator of the temple who is none other than the ADM of Thrissur District. His superior Officer and District Collector of Thrissur his a former administrator of Guruvayoor Devaswam. The supreme court order had reiterated that all the use of elephants at festival places must have the prior permission of the District Collector. But the District Collector of Thrissur pretend that he is a person above the law of this country. Two years back, the elephant Ramankutty of Guruvayoor Devaswam was adjudged winner of elephant race and then that elephant collapsed on ground for five days after the conclusion of the elephant race. This type of blatant violation of was witnessed infront of Guruvayoor Devaswam today with all the support of police and forest officials under broad daylight.

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