Elephants are an integral part of Kerala’s culture. Keralites love to see elephants at their grandeur festivals. However, the treatment of the elephants in captivity can be appalling at times.
This heartbreaking video of mahouts mercilessly beating up an elephant from Thrissur, Kerala is going viral on social media.
Karnan the gentle giant,once a temple elephant ,being mercilessly beaten up in thrissur ,kerala pic.twitter.com/hNNGF7VyID
The video sparked outrage from Twitter and resulted in prompt action
In the video, an elephant reportedly named Karnan is seen being beaten by mahouts using sticks.
Unable to handle the pain the elephant tied to a tree, is seen lying down after a while, but the whipping continues.
Twitteratis were quick to express their anger and anguish over the video.
These people should be behind bars for animal abuse. It’s shameful to see this happen. So much for being the temple animal. Is the temple OK with the abuse of their majestic temple show animals?? This practice needs to be stopped.
— Dev Uthaiah (@devuthaiah) March 29, 2019
Nothing, neither logic nor reason, can justify this torture. These men must be severely punished by the law. India has the laws to charge these sadists – and prosecute we must.
What an inhuman lot we humans have become!
— FraudGuru (@RandomRoaming) March 26, 2019
After much outrage on social media ‘Voice for Asian Elephants Society’an Animal Rights NGO posted on Twitter that these mahoutshave been fired after an ‘investigation’.
@vfaes_org has investigated this story. Our founder has filed a complaint against owners & mahouts. A Case was booked by Trissur district forest officers. Mahouts were fired. The elephant has been transferred to Palakkad district, & is being monitored closely by the forest dept.
— VFAES (@vfaes_org) March 26, 2019
They further added that the elephant has been transferred to Palakkad district and Kerala Forest Department is currently looking after the elephant