We witnessed the sad plight of the ailing 63-year-old elephant named Gajraj. The elephant from Aundh in Satara District of Mumbai has been suffering from quite a time now. Owing to the same reason, there is an increasing movement in the country to protect the poor animal. The movements are with the support to take Gajraj to an animal shelter where he could find some respite. Being aged, the elephant needs to spend some time in peace during the last remaining years of its life.
As many as 15000 citizens in India have supported the movement for the elephant Gajraj being shifted to an animal shelter. An online movement by PETA India has been launched to enable the elephant Gajraj to be moved to some shelter or sanctuary. The India Director of PETA for veterinary affairs, Dr. Manilal Valliyate claimed that they are surprised to witness the instant reaction of thousands of people for supporting the movement.
He added that their movement has already received around 15000 individuals from India as well as from the foreign countries. He goes on to explain the sad plight of Gajraj who was just 12 when he was brought to Aundh from Madhya Pradesh by the previous royal family. He has been in Aundh for the last fifty-one years and its health continues to deteriorate with each passing day.
Since last year November, the animal activists of PETA have been giving out complaints to the custodian of the elephant named Gayatri Devi Bhagwantaro Pantpratinidhi. She is the custodian of the previous royal family of the district Aundh. As the activists did not get any feedback on the same, the NGO then wrote to the local forest department to look into the matter. The report received a huge coverage from the international media. The sad plight of the elephant Gajraj has also caught the attention of the some of the top celebs like Jacqueline Fernandes and Sunny Leone. Both the celebs have joined the movement by PETA for shifting the elephant to a better place.
The local Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) said in a report that their officials are examining the medical condition of the elephant. Appropriate action would be taken once the medical reports come up. However, an exterior look at Gajraj tells about the several health issues faced by the poor animal. Gajraj suffers from several abscesses that are the accumulation of multiple pus on the shoulder and hip area. There are also several injury marks on its feet, broken and overgrown nails, and clearer signs of psychological depression. His unusual movements like swaying the head in undirected movements and head bobbing. These are the results of his life in isolation and under torture.
Several Health issues making it worse for Gajraj
An exterior look at Gajraj tells about the several health issues faced by the poor animal. Gajraj suffers from several abscesses that are the accumulation of multiple pus on the shoulder and hip area. There are also several injury marks on its feet, broken and overgrown nails, and clearer signs of psychological depression. His unusual movements like swaying the head in undirected movements and head bobbing. These are the results of his life in isolation and under torture.
The activists of PETA also noticed that the tusks of the elephant have been removed without taking proper permission from local forest department. This is an illegal act under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The elephant is kept at the area’s top tourist location including the Shree Bhavani Museum and the Yamai Devi Temple. Several tourists offer artificial snacks and sweets to the animal. However, these food items might only add to his medical plight like stomach disorders.
It is high time that we realize the importance of the life of other beings on this planet as well. Due to our selfish motives, we continue to torture the poor beings who do cannot speak for themselves. We just pray that Gajraj gets his justice –though too late!
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