Dear Concerned Citizens,
The street elephants suffer both physically and psychologically from living on the streets. But it should be obvious to everyone that elephants do not belong on the city streets, they are a hazard to traffic and are often the cause of many accidents.
Seeing Street Elephants gives visitors a very negative image of beautiful cities. It displays such obvious disrespect for the Elephant, normally honored and revered in Asian Cultures.
Help to enforce a ban on Street Elephants and by promoting existing alternatives for these auspicious animals. So visitors can experience elephants in a more free and natural setting without them being exploited.
1. You will find these captive elephants in India, estimated at 3,500 or so, in zoos, in circuses, in temples, owned privately and sent to beg. Female elephants live in related herds. This elephant's life without her childhood female family and friends would be akin to life-long solitary confinement, the worst punishment. Her separation from the present herd would be traumatic and heartbreaking being one of the most sensitive and intelligent mammals. Being herd animals, it is cruelty to place the animal in an isolated state. Elephants are social creatures, and in the wild, female elephants live in closely knit family groups. Elephants living in the wild spend about 18 hours a day walking, feeding, bathing in water holes and interacting with each other. They are intelligent and sensitive animals and are known to mourn the loss of relatives – just as humans do. Conditions in captivity fail to provide an interesting, stimulating and rewarding environment for elephants.
2. Lack of facilities such as space, water availability, and exercise and mahout experience are not always available. Private owners keep the elephants standing on hard concrete floors that are unnatural and painful for the creatures. Their feet are meant to stand on earth. They eat all day to fulfill the basic requirement for food. None of this is provided due to commercial reasons.
3. An elephant requires almost 200 kgs of food – and more than 150 liters of water – every day, yet many people who own elephants openly admit that they cannot afford to feed the animals this much food. Elephants’ feet are not equipped to walk on tarred roads, yet elephants living in captivity are often forced to spend the entire day – and much of the night – walking on tarred roads. Elephants in cities cause traffic obstructions and pose a threat to the general public. Mahouts use elephants for begging and have even used elephants to intimidate people in order to get money from them.
ou can help now!
Please write to the
Mr. Shree Bhagwan
Chief Conservator of Forests, Thane Circle, Thane (MS)
Near Micro-Wave Tower
12 Bungalow Area
Kopri, Thane (East) 400 603
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A-18, Savitri Sadan,
Dr. Mukahrji Road,
Dombivli (East) 421201.
District – Thane Maharashtra
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Help to enforce a ban on Street Elephants and by promoting existing alternatives for these auspicious animals!