Captive elephants in India face neglect and painful deterioration of their health due to lack of proper care. Moti is one stark example of what lack of care can do to a healthy young elephant.
The government must take action to protect all captive elephants in India by requiring bi-annual inspections and veterinary certificates of health.
Moti's physical condition at the time his legs gave out was shocking. It didn't need an expert to spot that Moti needed urgent and timely medical attention - or that the delay in addressing his medical situation compounded by severe lack of skilled veterinary care led to a very painful end for this young 35 year old elephant.
Please sign this petition to speak for other elephants like Moti who don't have a voice.
We respectfully request that the Environment Minister, Project Elephant and ADG Wildlife take action to protect all elephants currently in captivity by reemphasizing that:
1) All Chief Wildlife Wardens to carry out physical verification of all private elephants and their owners twice a year and assess their capability to care for and maintain their elephants in good health.
2) Require bi-annual veterinary certificates of health from veterinarians who are authorised by Chief Wildlife Warden and experienced in the care of elephants and wildlife to be provided to the Forest Department in order to maintain ownership rights.
We must prevent the suffering of our beloved elephants who mean so much to India and the world.