Very often once can spot elephants roaming about in several nodes of the city but looks like the Navi Mumbai Traffic Police has finally heard the cries of these creatures who do not speak our language. On weekend bulletin today Jan Cabral reports on this issue with the message – for the sake of these gigantic creatures, let’s strive to provide elephants currently in captivity with a more humane existence. You might get excited to look at the sight of the elephant in your neighborhood but you should know that he is not happy. Blaring horns, crowded roads, congested traffic is definitely hell for elephants who would rather prefer living in natural forests. Nearly all-captive elephants are captured in the wild – this elephant is no different. Taken from their families and homeland, elephants in captivity suffer a life of chronic physical ailments, social deprivation, emotional starvation, and premature death. Since many of their captivators still use cruel and outdated circus-style training-beating elephants with bull-hooks and keeping them chained for long hours. And all this is done so that when their captivators take them to the city, these proud and sensitive animals are used to make money from the public who are either excited to see elephants or revere it as their favorite God. However, looks like the Navi Mumbai Traffic Police has finally heard the cries of these creatures. ACP – Traffic, Shrikant Dhivre informed that the department has been taking action against these mahawats under section 149 CRPC and 102 Mumbai Police Act. The department has issued strictures banning elephants on city roads. Further the department has assured that if in any case elephants are once again seen being exploited causing traffic congestion, action will be taken. You can make a difference to the lives of elephants by not paying his captivator and even informing PETA i.e. the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals wherever you spot elephants roaming in public places. You can even approach the Navi Mumbai traffic department and appropriate action would be taken. Make a difference to the life of atleast a few tortured elephants. Any amount of awareness about such causes is a blessing in disguise. With cameraperson Vivek Gaikwad and Raju Sharma, Jan Cabral for NMTV News.
January 6, 2009