Hippopotamus Death in Circus Leads to Protest

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It has often been said animals in circus are treated badly.  It has been recently revealed that a hippopotamus has died at Gemini Circus in Kerala.

The incident and other related incidents has led the federation of Indian animal protection organisations (FIAPO) to urge the animal welfare board of India and the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to make changes so that exploitation done to animals can be stopped.

The FIAPO has made urgent appeal to authorities concerned that protection should be extended to these animals under the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act.  It is alleged the hippopotamus has died due to negligent attitude in the circus.

It has already been ruled out by India’s Supreme Court in 1990 that wild animals are banned in circuses.  It has been done so as a number of animals like lions, bears and panthers were facing neglect.

The ban has a positive effect on the animals and it is said that a number of lives were saved due to the same.

“We have urged the authorities to take immediate action against Gemini circus for causing the death of the hippopotamus due to their negligence”, said a spokesperson from the FIAPO.

News Link:http://topnews.net.nz/content/228576-hippopotamus-death-circus-leads-protest

Urban Elephants Life In Captivity

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How it all began

The Urban Elephant – Life in Captivity

(“Watch the elephant fall out of it’s sling at 2.23 head first, the abuse they suffered then is why they go crazy now!”)

Uploaded on 12 Apr 2011

The opening of this two-time Emmy Award Winning documentary introduces us to the lives of elephants in captivity. Captured in the wild and often forced into entertainment, ArgoFilm’s “The Urban Elephant,” from the PBS/National Geographic Nature Series uncovers what’s really going on.

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The Urban Elephant: Pang Dao’s Story

Uploaded on 7 Sep 2011

From ArgoFilm’s “The Urban Elephant” comes the story of Pang Dao, an Asian elephant in captivity. This two-time Emmy Award winning film was produced for PBS’s Nature Series. Pang Dao’s story is the inspiration for the upcoming “The Story of Dao”.

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The Abuse They Suffer At The Hands Of Mankind

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Dear Friends Shafeek Kallai shot this video when he visited Elephant Sanctuary at Guruvayoor, (Thrissur Dist. Kerala, India.) on 3rd of January 2010. This is very cruel , people behaviour towards animals. He was threatened while he was shooting this video and such a difficulty he could finish it. He kept this video all these days under the cover. He heard that elephant named “Arjun” is not in a position to walk as the mahouts hit him to the core and left leg had broken. Considering Arjuns case he is one of the best elephants in Kerala. . Please share video if you love ELEPHANTS

Elephant begging food on streets

This streets are no place for any elephant; let alone a baby!

Elephant Attack in Kizhisseri Town

I believe the following is a direct retaliation by the elephants, they are thoroughly pissed off; little wonder… see all four legs are chained so they can not run. And just to make matters worse, the crowd throw objects at them, my heart breaks for these gentle giants!

Uploaded on 28 Jan 2012

Elephant Attack in Kizhisseri Town, Near Calicut International Airport, Malappuram- Dt, Kerala- India @ 28/01/2012 – Saturday

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Email: eugene.wamalwa@justice.go.ke or elwamalwa@gmail.com

Ask Kenya Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa to Have Greater Penalties for Poaching Imposed …
It is reported that, Pekei, the poacher of Amboseli pictured here, has openly told Kenya community rangers that he will continue to kill more elephants.

Please SHARE, African elephants don’t need the likes of this man or poachers running free.

New stricter laws must be set. WE NEED EMAILS to WAMALWA to have his judges imprison poachers, and MORE SIGNATURES on the PETITION (see “See More” in blue). …
Big Life Foundation has stated that they are able to catch poachers, but when brought before the Kenyan courts the fines are meagre and the imprisonment light. …

Please politely write/email the Justice Minister, Eugene Wamalwa, to have the courts take seriously the looming extinction of elephants and rhino killed for greed.
In the long run Kenya’s ecotourism will suffer as has been recognized by Botswana’s president who has stopped all hunting licenses.
Let His Honor Wamalwa know that the international community is outraged that our world heritage wildlife is being exterminated and the criminals who poach have no deterrent to stop.
Justice Minister’s web pagehttp://www.justice.go.ke/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19The Star article of the notorious poacher who killed Qumquat and her family in Amboseli:- http://the-star.co.ke/news/article-95974/amboselis-notorious-jumbo-poacher-exposedThe only thing this killer did not get was Quanza, Qumquat’s baby. At least her genes will go on. Here is Sheldrick’s video of Quanza’s rescue. May this little one have a life of safety, joy and peace. God bless them all xx


Kerala: Elephant rampage incidents on the rise

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“Seriously, they are just asking for trouble using animals that are beaten in a bid to obey their master…& they won’t forget who beat them either….Its a shame others were injured, but how many attacks like this have to happen, before they take notice?”

Thiruvananthapuram: More and more incidents of elephants on rampage are being reported in Kerala. This has brought the focus back on the debate on the parading of animals at festivals.

A toddler was killed and 25 others injured in a stampede when a tusker ran amok in the festivities at the famous Koodal Manikkam Temple in the Thrissur district. In another incident, 62 were injured as the result of an elephant rampage during the famous Thrissur Pooram festivities. Such incidents on the rise in God’s own country are causing a wave of concern.

The recent incidents of elephant rampages in Kerala have once again raised the debate about parading the animal for various festivals. Though there are many rules and regulations on paper, both by the Union and state governments, the big question is how much of it is followed on the ground.

The Kerala Forest Department rules state that the public must be kept at a safe distance and startling or high volume sounds should not be produced near the elephant. In both the instances when the elephant ran amok, none of the conditions were followed.

The rules also state, when the elephant is in musth, it should not be paraded as the elephant is likely to be more aggressive during this period. The elephant at Thrissur Pooram, that went on a rampage was in fact in Musth.

People for Animals (PFA) member Latha said, “There are cases that have been registered against the culprits. But has anybody been punished or even fines imposed in the past several years? There is no follow up from the authorities.”

The government agrees that better enforcement is needed. Until the government acts tough and ensures the owners of temple elephants look after them better, this jumbo problem is not likely to go away.

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