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In a heart-wrenching video, elephant Jeymalyatha can be heard screaming in pain while being severely beaten by a mahout associated with the Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple.
Respected @mkyadava, @supriyasahuias, @mkstalin & @CMOfficeAssam, in another video of elephant Jeymalyatha she is screaming while beaten. Pls rescue her from illegal custody by Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple, & send to sanctuary: https://t.co/MWpSBIX7aQ 📹 @abpnadu pic.twitter.com/8pBkHPpPgn — PETA India (@PetaIndia) June 28, 2022
Respected @mkyadava, @supriyasahuias, @mkstalin & @CMOfficeAssam, in another video of elephant Jeymalyatha she is screaming while beaten. Pls rescue her from illegal custody by Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple, & send to sanctuary: https://t.co/MWpSBIX7aQ 📹 @abpnadu pic.twitter.com/8pBkHPpPgn
The temple has reportedly kept Jeymalyatha in captivity illegally for more than a decade, as she was never returned to the Assam forest department after an initial six-month lease expired. The first video showed her being beaten at a rejuvenation camp and led Tamil Nadu’s Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department to suspend the two mahouts involved – but they were immediately released on bail.
Following a complaint from PETA India to the Virudhunagar police and the Animal Welfare Board of India, a first information report has been registered against the mahout of the Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple who was caught beating Jeymalyatha. A copy of the wildlife offence report reportedly filed by the Tamil Nadu forest department is still awaited by PETA India.
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Act now to request that the Assam and Tamil Nadu governments work together to seize and rehabilitate Jeymalyatha at a sanctuary, where she can live the rest of her life unchained and in the company of other elephants.
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