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Avoid Elephant For Jatra

Animal Lovers of Odisha urge the State Government not to use elephant to pull Chariot in coming Ratha Jatra putting life of both animal and man in danger when alternatives can make the Ratha Jatra successful.

Jiban Ballav Das Secretary, People For animals, Odisha has reminded the Government about the sad incident of 2002 and urged not to  repeat again if Government  will decide to use Elephant to pull Chariots in coming Ratha Jatra as Odisha High Court given the two alternatives Machine or Elephant.
 
Laxmi an Elephant brought to be used in Car festival in 2002 died of pneumonia some kilometre away from Puri while returning after Ratha Jatra.
 
The painful death of Laxmi was a heart wrenching incident, who died due to lack of proper care and treatment.
 
The present state of COVID19 when allowing people to congregate other places for their necessities why not to pull Chariot following the COVID19 norms if it a necessity.
 
But Government should not involve elephant to pull the Chariot. The elephant being the largest surface animal dragged from wild and put in captive where lifestyle is very painful.
 
Several elephants in captivity have been found to be malnourished and dehydrated beaten with metal prods and forced to work even when they are health conditions does not permits. 
 
Captive elephants are often kept standing for hours, chained or shackled with even spikes embedded in their ankles.
 


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