The compiled signatures will be delivered to the chief minister of Rajasthan.
Dear Chief Minister:
India is renowned around the world for our reverence for animals, so it pains me to know that elephants are being viciously abused for rides near Jaipur. An incident at Amer Fort in which a captive elephant used for rides was beaten – a video of which has gone viral on social media – should serve as a wake-up call to end this reckless and inhumane activity.
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” due to the animals’ advanced age and the decline in the number of tourists using elephants. It suggests replacing elephants with modern, eco-friendly modes of transportation such as electric or battery-operated vehicles.
The world is wising up to cruelty to animals disguised as tourist activities. Tripadvisor – the largest travel website in the world – announced that it would no longer sell tickets to animal “attractions”, including elephant rides, that put wild and endangered animals, as well as travellers, in danger. More than 100 travel agencies have pledged not to include elephant rides and shows in their itineraries.
Without your kind intervention, this cruelty will persist and continue to tarnish India’s image. I request that you use your authority to safeguard elephants, our nation’s heritage animal, by immediately ending all elephant rides at Amer Fort and retiring the captive elephants to reputable sanctuaries, where they can live out the rest of their lives free from chains.
Thank you for your time and consideration.