Thrissur-based animal rights group named Heritage Animal Task Force has alleged the torture of elephants which are paraded during the Vaikom Mahadeva Temple in the Kottayam district of Kerala, and claimed this “unlawful”. The group wrote a letter to the Director of Project Elephant, Environment and Forest Ministry; it explained that on November 16th and 17th, three elephants were paraded inside the temple campus. This parade has been termed “unlawful” under the Elephant Parade rule of the State Forest Secretary on March 2013.
The Task Force secretary V K Venkitachalam said that Elephant torture took place inside the temple campus as the flaming torches were placed very near to the bodies of the animals which scared the elephants. This goes against the natural behavior of the elephants which are habituated to live in the wild. Hence, this “unlawful” act has been condemned by the animal activist group and calls for some action against the temple officials.
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