June 23, 2010– Last year I reported the landmark policy change in India that would send Indian Elephants in zoos, circuses and private collections to sanctuaries. Unfortunately, it looks like that never happened. Please join me in signing this petition, started by Clare Cassar on Change.org:
Last year, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) in India promised to re-home 140 elephants living in zoos across India to safari parks and sanctuaries where the normally free-roaming animals can graze openly. But this week, The Times (UK) reported that, several months later, not a single elephant has been transferred.
The Central Zoo Authority issued an order to India’s 26 zoos to shift the animals to more spacious environments where they would be supervised by elephant keepers. Elephants in 16 circuses across India were also to be moved to new location after an evaluation revealed sub-standard living conditions.
At the Aurangabad Municipal Zoo, one elephant – an animal that in the wild would spend up to 18 hours a day roaming, feeding, bathing and socialising – had both front legs tethered permanently with a spiked chain.
That information is all the more shocking as India’s zoo elephants fare relatively well. The worst treated are those kept in circuses, followed by temple elephants, working elephants and those used for begging.
Saturday June [19th was] The International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos – so please join me in writing to the Central Zoo Authority of India to keep its promise to the elephants.
Thank you and I’ll keep you posted on what I hear!
Director & Producer, The Eyes of Thailand