It’s been seven days since the brutal killing of a 15-year-old pregnant elephant in Kerala after it was fed a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers. Unfortunately, no arrests or actions have been made by the police, except for an FIR lodged against unknown people.
The incident triggered nationwide outrage and called for strict actions against the barbaric act towards the wild elephant.
Meanwhile, the central government on Thursday took a serious note of the incident and said that it will be investigated properly.
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar took to the micro-blogging site, to show his resentment. “Central Government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Mallapuram, #Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill,” he wrote.
It was on May 27, a 15-year-old pregnant pachyderm fell victim to an inhumane act after a pineapple filled with powerful firecrackers offered by a man exploded in her mouth when she chomped on it. It suffered serious injuries on its tongue and mouth. Later she walked into a river and waited for three days as its life was slowly snuffed out.
An online petition calling for punishment for the barbaric act is taking rounds on social media and close to 30,000 people have already signed the petition.
“What has happened is inhumane and unacceptable! We can not let these voiceless animals suffer like this anymore. Strict action should be taken against the culprits,” the petition sought.
If you want to sign the petition, click here: https://bit.ly/2U6nWoe
Mr Javadekar sought a report on the incident and said that stern action will be taken against the culprits.
Samuel Pachuau, the Wildlife Warden of the Silent Valley National Park, said: “It was on the 23rd of last month we came to know about this incident, when the elephant was spotted near a water source outside the National park.”
According to him, the culprits had placed firecrackers inside a pineapple which was then eaten by the wild elephant. Apparently a practice in the area to shoo away the straying wild.
“We summoned a veterinarian and later on the 25th an elephant expert David Abraham came and examined and explained to us the grim situation,” said Pachuau. From the examination, it looked like a two week wound and there were worms in the wound.
He added, “We informed the Forest officials about the prognosis and two days later the elephant died in a sitting posture in the water.”
In the autopsy, it was found that the upper and lower jaw, teeth and tongue of the elephant were badly damaged. The cause of death is due to aspiration of the lungs as it was filled with water.
The incident has attracted huge condemnation on social media, where the memes showed the mother elephant saying it was her fault to trust the human race, while the unborn child in her womb kept asking: “What is my fault, Ma?”
Industrialist Ratan Tata on Wednesday termed the killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala a “meditated murder”, and sought justice for the animal.
“I am grieved and shocked to know that a group of people caused the death of an innocent, passive, pregnant elephant by feeding the elephant with a pineapple filled with firecrackers,” Ratan Tata tweeted.
“Such criminal acts against innocent animals are no different than acts of meditated murder against other humans,” said the veteran industrialist who is a keen animal lover.
“Justice needs to prevail,” he said.
— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) June 3, 2020
Meanwhile, BJP leader Maneka Gandhi questioned the inaction in Malappuram district and asked why Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi was not taking any action.
“Mallapuram is know for its intense criminal activity specially with regards to animals. No action has ever been taken against a single poacher or wildlife killer so they keep doing it. I can only suggest that you call/email and ask for action,” she wrote on Twitter.
Mallapuram is know for its intense criminal activity specially with regards to animals. No action has ever been taken against a single poacher or wildlife killer so they keep doing it.
I can only suggest that you call/email and ask for action pic.twitter.com/ii09qmb7xW
— Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) June 3, 2020
Film star Akhay Kumar also took to Twitter and condemned the inhuman act and called for strict action against the culprits.
“Maybe animals are less wild and humans less human. What happened with that #elephant is heartbreaking, inhumane and unacceptable! Strict action should be taken against the culprits. #AllLivesMatter,” he tweeted.
Maybe animals are less wild and humans less human. What happened with that #elephant is heartbreaking, inhumane and unacceptable! Strict action should be taken against the culprits. #AllLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/sOmUsL3Ayc
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 3, 2020
Celebrities from different sectors condemned the inhuman act.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli, wife and actor Anushka Sharma, Bollywood stars like Shraddha Kapoor, Randeep Hooda, and John Abraham demanded action against animal cruelty.
“Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let’s treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts,” Virat Kohli tweeted.
Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let's treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts. pic.twitter.com/3oIVZASpag
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 3, 2020
Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant also tweeted with anger and grief. “Heartbroken, speechless, angry & shocked to read the news about the pregnant elephant in Kerala,” he tweeted.
Heartbroken, speechless, angry & shocked to read the news about the pregnant elephant in Kerala. How can anyone be so cruel. Hope the guilty are punished severely. pic.twitter.com/YKFCrrKPwZ
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) June 3, 2020
Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran also condemned the inhuman act.
“In retrospective and otherwise, we have done enough and more to not deserve a place on this planet,” he wrote on social media.
How can something like this happen???
Do people not have hearts???
My heart has shattered and broken…
The perpetrators need to be punished in the STRICTEST way. @PetaIndia @CMOKerala pic.twitter.com/697VQXYvmb
— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) June 2, 2020
Meanwhile, the Humane Society International-India (HSI), an organization working against animal cruelty, has offered Rs 50,000 to anyone who would help in bringing the culprit to book. It asked to share any information about the case over the phone +917674922044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— John Abraham (@TheJohnAbraham) June 3, 2020