Urge Kerala's Government to Protect Elephants
On 4 May 2016, the
Supreme Court of India stayed a Kerala government notification dated 26
February 2016 that would have legalised the ownership of 289 captive
elephants who are being held without valid ownership certificates – a move
which would have made a mockery of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and
thus encouraged more people to capture and keep elephants illegally. The court
also directed the state government not to issue any new ownership
certificates and said that all ownership certificates that were issued under
the notification would be withdrawn and suspended. To further prevent illegal
movement and the trade of wild animals, the court also warned the Elephant
Owners Association that people keeping elephants are not allowed to part with
the animals or transport them beyond state limits.
Now, we need your help to encourage the Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala to
take action against the people who are keeping these 289 captive elephants
You can help!
Urge the Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department
to take action against the illegal custody of captive elephants and to confiscate
the elephants and retire them to sanctuaries.