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On 4 May 2016, the Supreme Court of India stayed a Kerala government notification dated 26 February 2016 that would have legalised the ownership of 134 captive elephants who are being held without valid ownership certificates – a move which would have made a mockery of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and thus encouraged more people to capture and keep elephants illegally. The court alsodirected the state government not to issue any new ownership certificates and said that all ownership certificates that were issued under the notification would be withdrawn and suspended. To prevent the illegal transport and trade of wild animals, the court also warned the Elephant Owners Association that people keeping elephants are not allowed to part with or transport them beyond state limits.
In spite of this directive, 134 elephants are still being held captive illegally. Let's help get them to sanctuaries.