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It is an appeal to all the tourists including foreigners who wish to visit festival places in India. Festivals like Kalpathy car festival are actually organized by intelligent people with the financial help of department of tourism of both State and Central Govt. in India. But its organizers abuse elephants with tacit support of Govt officials who are supposed to protect animal rights. In actual sense elephants are tortured day and night to push the massive chariots (vehicles used for carrying idols of God). The police officials having official duty to save elephants from man made cruelties remain as mute spectators of this type of abuse of elephants. The chariot is built by using public money granted by Tourism Ministry. In other parts of India chariots carrying idols of God are pulled by devotees by using their muscle power without using elephants from the back side of the chariot. The biggest and heaviest chariot in Asia is that of Thiruvarur Thyagaraja swami Temple in Tamilnadu is moved by the muscle power of devotees without using elephants. The festival of Puri Radholsavam (the festival attended by largest crowd of devotees in India) is celebrated in Orissa state of India also do not use elephants to push the chariot. It is only in Kerala, elephants are used for pushing chariots as part of Radholsavam. The Kerala Captive Elephant (Management & Maintenance) Rule 2012 specifically states that nobody has the freedom to use elephants to push or pull any object weighting more than 1000kg. But in Kerala this stricture is violated by festival organizers with tacit support of officials of Police, Forest,Tourism and Animal Husbandry Department. Therefore it is the opportunity to register protest against this type of organized cruelty to elephants and boycott all such events in future.

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