Urge the Indian Forest Department to Take Action on Elephant Torture!

A blind, injured elephant was allegedly tortured at Sivarathri festival at Thrithamthali Mahadeva Temple at Kondazhi in Thrissur, Kerala. Trainers reportedly forced the elephant to carry an idol, and used a banned weapon called an ankush to manipulate the animal. At the festival, this elephant and others were allegedly forced to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time in hot weather.

This alleged abuse violates an August, 2015 Supreme Court Order to ensure that elephants aren't mistreated during festivals. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is asking the Kerala Forest Department to take action against any abuse that occurred.

We cannot allow abuse of animals to continue in the name of entertainment or religious ritual. Please sign the petition to urge the Kerala Forest Department to investigate elephant abuse and punish all those responsible for harming elephants!

Dear [officials],

I am shocked that a blind, injured elephant was allegedly tortured at Sivarathri festival at Thrithamthali Mahadeva Temple at Kondazhi in Thrissur. Trainers reportedly forced the elephant to carry an idol, and used a banned weapon called an ankush to manipulate the animal. At the festival, this elephant and others were allegedly forced to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time in hot weather.

This alleged abuse violates an August, 2015 Supreme Court Order to ensure that elephants aren't mistreated during festivals. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is asking you to take action against any abuse that occurred.

We cannot allow abuse of animals to continue in the name of entertainment or religious ritual. I respectfully urge you to investigate elephant abuse and punish all those responsible for harming elephants. Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this petition.

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Sincerely,
[Your name]

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