Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh said he is trying to raise awareness of suffering of elephants that are often used for tourist joyrides. He made this statement to coincide with The World Elephant Day which falls on August 12.
In his second campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Neil says “Don’t be blind to their suffering. Elephants used for rides are beaten and chained and are subject to inhumane treatment.”
Recounting a childhood experience he said that his family used to worship Lord Ganesha but one day he realized how badly the beast was treated despite the veneration it received from the people.
A PETA-commissioned investigation of elephant training in Nepal and an Animal Welfare Board of India-authorised inspection of elephants used for rides in Jaipur has revealed that these animals endure constant physical and emotional abuse. When the jumbos are two years old, baby elephants are torn away from their mothers and are either tied up between trees with heavy chains and ropes or are confined to a tiny wooden enclosure. – CINEWS