Plea for release of elephant into wild.
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Enclosed herewith are the photographs capture of Wild Elephant inside Wayanad Wildlife Reserve yesterday morning. Heritage Animal Task Force appeal for urgent release of this Elephant into the wild. On 1 st January 1996, when O. P. Kaler was the Wildlife warden of Wayanadu, a Wild Elephant was captured by using tranquilizing gun shot with the help of Balasubrahmanian of Kerala Forest Research Institute. After this Elephant was caged, Kerala Forest Department decided to release it into the wild due to the protest from Wildlife Activists across the world. Another Wild Elephant captured on 10 th December 1995 died in captivity. Therefore, it is not advisable to keep Wild Elephants in captivity. If a Wild Elephant is kept in captivity, it will not accept the fodder supplied by the Forest Officials. More over the physical stress due to the intentional attack by the trained Elephants during its travel from the forest area to the Lorry will compel it to waive food in take. Sudden stoppage of its movement will also affect its digestion adversely. This type of physical torture on Wild Elephant is a violation of various provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Now only 10 litres of water and 20 kgms of leaves are provided to this elephants in captivity. Therefore, it is indispensible to take a stern decision to release this Elephant into the Wild as early as possible.
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