Justice for Sandhya, Indumati, and Jayanti

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It was a regular, peaceful Thursday for 45 y/o Sandhya, 35 y/o Indumati, and 21 y/o Jayanti, who were involved in daily their routine of eating banana stock, playing with each other in the mud, etc- but little did they know that their lives were going to be painfully disrupted.

On the  evening of 26th of September forest department officers along with 6 Mahouts who were called in from Annamalai Tiger Reserve, brutally and rather inhumanely transferred these gentle animals into a truck- shoving them with an earth-mover, dragging them with ropes, beating them, and using Bullhooks (also known as Ankush) in the process. The incident was nothing less than absolutely traumatic, shocking, and blatantly illegal on various levels; so much so, that the concerned care-takers, who were witness to the incident, were deceptively sent into a quarter and were locked up against their will.

As per section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, beating, kicking, or otherwise treating any animal subject to unnecessary pain and suffering is a punishable offence leading to 3 months of imprisonment.

Furthermore, the transportation of the 3 elephants was carried out in the violation of the Guidelines for Care and Management of Captive Elephants 2008, issued by project elephant, which is under the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.

Elephants, being a Schedule-I species have been accorded the highest level of protection, under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Such behaviour meted out towards elephants by government and non-government officials is abhorrent and should be condemned thoroughly. The most immediate step would be the undoing of the seizure and relocation of these elephants- by returning them to the facility they were happily living in, followed by an enquiry as to the methods used by the same.

Sign this petition urging Hon’ble MoEFCC Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri Thiru Edapaddi K. Palani Swami and Hon’ble Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Head Of Forest Force) Tamil Nadu, Dr. H. Malleshappa (IFS) to take immediate action and suitable measures against the Forest Department officials who participated in the aforementioned unlawful activity, but on an instantaneous basis allow the caretakers that the elephants were familiar with to atleast meet them and comfort them during this turbulent time.