Truck kills one elephant and injures another in Noida India

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“This is so tragic…when will they learn, elephants do not & should not be taken onto busy roads…period! R.I.P Roopkali”

NOIDA: A speeding truck hit two elephants near the Mahamaya flyover in Noida around 5.30am on Friday, killing a 45-year-old female animal and seriously injuring another. Both elephants lay on the road for nearly four hours, causing a huge early-morning traffic gridlock on the busy stretch.

The elephants were finally lifted with cranes and the road cleared for traffic. The injured animal, still in a state of shock, is being treated. Police said the truck was speeding when the driver lost control and hit the two elephants, travelling from Dadri to Wazirabad in Delhi. The truck driver escaped leaving the vehicle behind.

The two mahouts riding the elephants also fell off as the animals came under the wheels of the rogue truck. The mahouts were taken to the district hospital in Noida for treatment by police, who reached the spot on receiving information about the accident from a patrolling PCR.

“We were walking on the side of the road and suddenly without warning a truck hit us with great impact and we were all thrown on the road,” said mahout Mukut Kumar.

“When the accident occurred, the elephant named , which was killed, fell on its side along with the mahout who was riding on her,” said an auto driver, Upender, who was passing by. “We thought the mahout would be killed, but when he was pulled out he was alive, although injured and shaken.”

Police called in a veterinary doctor who declared one of the elephants dead. Vets from the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were also called to the spot to provide medical aid to the injured 30-year old Chanchal.

“Since the Wildlife Trust of India is the organization which handles such emergencies, we provided the injured elephant with first aid and iced her wounds to give her relief,” said Dr Preeti from SPCA, Noida. “We also informed WTI, who soon sent their team of doctors to monitor Chanchal’s condition.”

The WTI doctors, who arrived at the spot at about 9.30am, gave the elephant antibiotics and kept it under observation. It will be transported in a truck to its residence in Wazirabad on Saturday morning.

“The elephant had multiple lacerations and was bruised all over. Also, its right hind leg was badly injured and the animal was in extreme pain. “We have given it painkillers and are going to keep it under observation for 24 hours,” said Dr Shanaz Amin from WTI.

The body of the other elephant was taken for an autopsy and the carcass thereafter buried, police said.

Meanwhile, police have arrested the three owners of the elephantsZaheerIqbal and Farooq (who is also the elephant association president) under the wildlife Act.

News Link:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/Truck-kills-elephant-in-Noida/articleshow/14512979.cms

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PETA calls for ban on horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai

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Mumbai: Animal rights group PETA Wednesday strongly pitched for banning horse drawn carriages in Mumbai, citing cruelty to the animal, and suggested it be replaced with battery-operated vehicles.

Forcing horses to pull carriages through congested traffic on stifling hot streets is not only cruel but also dangerous for the horses, carriage occupants and passers-by, said Manilal Valliyate, veterinary affairs director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.

PETA officials, in a meeting with Sitaram Kunte, Bruhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner, introduced an illustration of a battery-operated ‘peacock’ chariot and said that it might be the solution to replace cruel and dangerous horse-drawn carriages.

PETA wants horse-drawn carriages banned in Mumbai.

PETA claimed that the vehicle it suggested would be eco-friendly and owned  and driven by the existing horse-carriage owners and drivers.

The proposal comes in the wake of Bombay High Court interim order to BMC to confiscate horses kept illegally. Kunte has agreed to look into the proposal made by the animal rights group.Horses in Mumbai are forced to live in filthy, damp stables amid their own faeces and urine and are often left to stand without any shade, which is a clear violation of law, Valliyate said.

Many of the drivers don’t have a valid licence to ply horse-carriages, he added.

A growing number of cities worldwide, including Delhi, Toronto, London, Oxford, Paris and Beijing, have banned horse-drawn carriages and adopted humane alternatives.

News Link:-http://www.firstpost.com/mumbai/peta-calls-for-ban-on-horse-drawn-carriages-in-mumbai-342447.html

Angel’s Gate Owner Slapped with New Animal Cruelty Charges

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(WBNG Binghamton)

A Delaware County woman, known across the country for her work caring for abandoned and badly hurt animals, faces more than a dozen new charges for animal cruelty.The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it conducted an undercover investigation in 2011 of the Delhi-based program, Angels Gate, led by Susan Marino.

“You see animals who are on death’s door and who are being denied the very basics of comfort and life and pain relief,” said PETA spokesman Dan Paden.

Marino’s Attorney, Jim Hartman, says she was slapped with 17 misdemeanor charges for animal cruelty.

” PETA collected the evidence that prompted officials to open an investigation that led to the charges,” said Paden.

Action News spoke to Marino, but she referred all questions to her attorney who said a special prosecutor from Broome County filed the charges Tuesday night.

Hartman says, “the charges hold no merit,” and suggested that Action News interview the dogs and the cats that are in Marino’s care.

PETA, however, says that won’t be necessary.

“It’s up to PETA and it’s up to the prosecutor and it’s up to the evidence to tell their sad story. When that comes out in court, they’ll prevail, justice will prevail and Ms. Marino will hopefully be told to leave animals alone in New York State,” said Paden.

PETA says about 300 animals are still in the care of Susan Marino.

Marino is set to appear in court in the Town of Kortright on August 14, at 1:00 pm.

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