LGVN Animals / Elephants
Elephant Welfare Project Launched by Wildlife SOS
successful dancing bear rescue organisation Wildlife SOS have just
launched a new street elephant rescue programme in India.
caught captive elephants in India are estimated to number more than
Deli is one of the most populated and polluted cities in the world,
where 40 of these elephants are subjected to terrible living and
"working" conditions. Exploited for entertainment, celebrations,
tourism and even advertising, most of these obedient animals across
India have to deal with walking several kilometers on hot tarmac
each day while being treated inhumanely by their owners. Cruel,
painful disciplinary methods are used on the elephants such as pins
through their toenails and anklet chains with spikes.
Wildlife SOS Elephant Welfare Project aims to rehabilitate these
elephants in a similar manner to their successful bear programme.
They will also train the "mahouts" (elephant owners) to treat the
elephants humanely and with compassion. Wildlife SOS will also monitor
the trading of the elephants and microchip them, which will curb
the frequency of illicit transfer between street entertainers.
Wildlife SOS News
dancing bear rescue continues with Wildlife SOS who recently celebrated
the rescue and rehabilitation of the last dancing bear from the
area around the Taj Mahal.
the tradition of bear dancing was created by people called Qalanders
who entertained in the royal palaces of India. Today, around 800
dancing bears are still performing on popular tourist trails across
the country. Although this barbaric practice is now banned by the
Wildlife Protection Act, various socio-economic and political factors
have made the illegal "entertainment" hard to monitor. Street entertainers
buy Sloth Bear cubs from poachers and train them to dance and respond
to commands. Beating with crude tools of pain, along with starvation,
forces the bear to "behave". From the beginning, the young bears
are subjected to horrific acts of cruelty. An iron rod is driven
through their muzzle (without anaesthesia), and a rope and harness
are attached. Because the muzzle never heals, due to constant tugging,
it often gets infested with maggots. The bears canine teeth are
also knocked out with a metal rod. All of these bears will die prematurely,
due to disease and malnutrition. Blindness usually accompanies their
short and dismal lives.
Qualander Training Programme
Training Schools have been started up by Wildlife S.O.S This part
of a great innovative program which attacks the root of the problem
and ultimately results in protection of the sloth bear in the wild,
while helping the bear owners into new vocations. Qalanders are
trained in new skills like carpet making, sari embroidery and tailoring.
The retraining programme also integrates education for children
of the Qalanders. Geeta Seshamani, Co-Founder of Wildlife S.O.S,
is very enthusiastic about the program and says, "The training schools
are creating vocational alternatives for these Bear Dancers who
often resorted to these livelihoods because of desperation that
resulted from both poverty and the lack of education."
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