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After a group of tourists visiting Amer Fort near Jaipur witnessed and documented a group of men attacking an elephant who was trying to escape the misery of carrying tourists uphill in extreme heat, one woman filed a cruelty complaint with PETA India. The tourists watched in horror as eight men, including the mahout, beat the suffering elephant with sticks for up to 10 minutes after recapturing the animal.
The nightmare of captivity never ends for elephants used for rides: mahouts routinely control them with wooden sticks, chains, and ankuses (in violation of the directives of the Rajasthan High Court) and even pierce their sensitive ears and drill holes into their tusks to pull them around. In nature, elephants can walk vast distances foraging for food, but captive elephants near Jaipur are tied or constantly chained when not in use and forced to stand on concrete floors, which causes painful foot problems. Even elephants who tested reactive for tuberculosis or who are visually impaired or injured are forced to carry people under the blazing sun.
A committee constituted by the Project Elephant Division of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has recommended that elephant rides at Amer Fort be “phase[d] out”. Tearing elephants away from their families, beating them into submission, and forcing them to give rides to tourists is cruel.
PETA India – in collaboration with leading industrial product design agency Desmania Design – has submitted the plans for a modern electric vehicle, which resembles a royal chariot, to the chief secretary of Rajasthan. This environmentally and animal-friendly vehicle would be suitable to ferry tourists safely on the hilly terrain of Amer Fort.
It’s time to give India’s heritage animal, elephants, the same protections from cruel rides as that afforded to other wild animals.