Target: Ashok Bhushan, Chief Justice of Kerala
Goal: Don’t allow elephants to be paraded, mistreated and exposed to loud fireworks in annual festival.
Over 70 elephants were reportedly paraded in a festival, made to stand close to a loud fireworks display, and not given food or water for 36 hours. Animal activists have stated that 74 elephants were used in this year’s Thrissur Pooram festival held in Kerala, India, and forced to stand amid fireworks despite this violating several animal protection acts. The elephants also reportedly had wounds all over their bodies caused by their trainers brutalizing them to force them to stand and walk for several hours.
Mistreating animals in parades is not only cruel it is also against the law, as it violates a specific order by the Kerala Supreme Court. Sign this petition urging authorities to punish the people responsible for mistreating the elephants. Ensure that these animals are sent to a suitable sanctuary instead, and ban the use of animals in festivals so that this abuse does not occur again in the future.
Dear Chief Justice Bhushan,
Several elephants were allegedly abused during the Thrissur Pooram festival. The 74 elephants paraded in the festival were reportedly forced to stand close to a fireworks display, despite this violating the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Wildlife Protection Act.
Onlookers also claim that these animals had wounds all over their bodies and were not given food or water for 36 hours. This instance of animal cruelty must be investigated at once, and the people responsible must be punished.
We demand that these animals are sent to a suitable sanctuary and that their handlers are prosecuted for their acts. Please also ban the use of animals in festivals to ensure that this type of abuse does not occur again.
[Your Name Here]
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