According to a Kerala elephant activist, he was tortured so much that he couldn’t handle the agony, so he ran amok with both of his legs tethered. Unable to escape, he fell into a well and died this morning in Kerala. His name is Valiyapurakkal Dhruvan. In the last seven months 14 elephants died, and just on the 1st of August the 1…5th elephant Another one. They are withering away like dry leaves. I feel despondent constantly posting the deaths of elephants. They are doomed in the wild and in captivity … poor animals have nowhere to go 😦 Captive elephants are tortured to death, and Wild elephants are captured, as they are considered “crop raiders”. Some wild elephants are murdered, as we witnessed last week when an ignorant driver drove a truck over a harmless elephant. When will the authorities pay attention to the plight of these innocent animals? It’s heartbreaking!!
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By Sangita Iyer
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We understand that Sri Lanka has been approached through its Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan to supply 1 or 2 juvenile elephants for Islamabad (formerly Marghazar) Zoo, one of which is to be a mate for Kaavan the 37 year old Asian male. Also that you have been requested to send a veterinarian to Islamabad zoo to do a medical check on Kaavan.
We don’t know if you are aware of the very serious reputation that Islamabad zoo has and I would be grateful if you would take this in to consideration.
In relation to the care of the elephants, Kaavan and the female elephant named Saheli who died aged just 22 in 2012, there has been a great deal of media coverage detailing the abuse and neglect of both elephants. This media coverage is in Pakistani national media and media internationally including in the media in Sri Lanka.
Sending new elephants there would be a disaster, the zoo has made little or no investment in either staff training or in the elephant enclosure in the 32 years since Sri Lanka donated the elephant to Pakistan in 1985. The result of this is that Kaavan has for many years exhibited stereotypic behaviour, has dangerously unhealthy feet and the death of the previous female elephant. A leg wound believed to have been caused by the chains attached to her legs became infected. Several times the leg wound was reported to zoo authorities by concerned zoo visitors as she began to limp. It was either never treated correctly, or it was ignored, either way the end result was that she collapsed and eventually died from an easily treatable wound.
The male elephant Kaavan who was already exhibiting stereotypic behaviours showed very clear signs of being traumatized by her death, and the Zoo authorities and Mahouts responded by chaining him in the dilapidated shed by all 4 legs for 9 months. The reason they gave for this was that he was a dangerous elephant.
It is very well documented on film and in the media and the international NGO Four Paws International who observed him at the zoo in December 2016 reported that he had severe stereotypic behaviour. They also recommended that a fence be built to allow medical attention in protected contact, and that security fencing between the elephant and the general public needed improvement. Neither of these recommendations has been carried out, nor their offer to send their own staff to train the zoo staff.
The international community became involved in his case in 2015 due to a campaign on social media including a petition signed by 405,000 people around the world that they eventually unchained this elephant, and dismissed his previous Mahouts. His new Mahouts do, I am sure try their best and are kinder to him, but they are highly constrained by the zoo authorities and the local Government in Islamabad. It is a miracle that he has survived in conditions that are highly inadequate, detrimental to his health, and having had completely inadequate medical care. The zoos in Pakistan are not regulated by any laws pertaining to the health and welfare for captive animals and are not members of any international zoo authority.
There have been and continue to be multiple deaths of animals in Islamabad zoo, as well as at the other zoos, and the wildlife parks in Pakistan, documented and in the public domain.
I humbly request, and am sure that you will be sympathetic to the fact that sending a juvenile female in to Kaavans enclosure could be very dangerous for the female due to the completely inadequate facilities the zoo has. It would also have negative repercussions on Sri Lanka’s reputation.
I also understand that currently Sri Lanka is not exporting elephants to international zoos while the Nandi case is still in the courts
I would be very grateful if you would get back to me at your earliest convenience.
With kind regards,
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The urgency to move Kaavan, the male Asian elephant, from the Marghzaar Zoo in Islamabad where he is living in horrific conditions, to safety at a Cambodian sanctuary has intensified once again; following the tragic death of another elephant in Pakistani’s Lahore Zoo in mid-May.
As previously reported by WAN, after three decades of being chained and living in deplorable conditions at the zoo, the public’s advocating for Kaavan appeared to move in the right direction when Pakistan’s Senate Standing Committee agreed on July 25, 2016, that sending the abused, neglected and isolated elephant to the sanctuary was “the right thing to do.”
Unfathomably, it appears as if nothing had been done to facilitate the move, even though Lek Chailert, the Founder of Save Elephant Foundation has offered Kaavan a home at a sanctuary, she also co-founded The Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary. The founder of the sanctuary, David Casselman made the official offer in a letter to Senators in Pakistan.
While Senators in Pakistan have recommended the move, local government who manage the zoo and therefore “own” Kaavan still stubbornly refuse to let him go due to the high amount of income he attracts from zoo visitors.
The Senators remain committed to transferring Kaavan to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.
According to an official Press Release, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani observed at a Parliament House on Wednesday, that the Upper House took lead by constituting a Committee headed by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq to look into the reports about ‘Kaavan’s’ health and also the condition of other animals in the Zoo. He proposed that a wider medical board should be constituted in this regard to thoroughly assess the physical and mental health condition of the lonely animal.
Chairman Senate directed Senator Nuzhat Sadie and Senator Samina Abid will contact Sri Lankan High Commissioner since the Sri Lankan government had earlier promised for replacement of the aged elephant with a younger one.
He also directed CDA to improve the enclosure of the elephant and provide healthy food and a better environment for the animal.
The saga to relocate Keevan has been moving back and forth for years. It needs to stop.
As recently as last December, Four Paws International were finally given access to Islamabad Zoo to asses the conditions of the animals. They made two fundamental recommendations regarding Kaavan in a written report in early January 2017.
These were that the security barrier between the public and Kaavan be improved, and crucial for Kaavan that a fence is built inside his enclosure in order to train him painlessly in protected contact to become accustomed to receiving veterinary care. They even offered two weeks of hands on training for the mahout. All these recommendations were to be completed within six months. The zoo has reportedly done nothing at all, and the deadline is quickly approaching.
Kaavan still needs urgent attention to his injured feet, and we are not sure what his internal body has suffered due to his years of being kept in horrid conditions.
He continues to display stereotypic behavior which Four Paws International described as ‘severe,’ but which zoo management likes to say is “dancing.” Kaavan currently has no veterinary care at all.
Campaigning has resulted in Kavaan being mostly chain-free since the end of 2016 now that his former mahout has been replaced with a new one to look after Kaavan. The new mahout does the best he can with scant resources, but he will not be able to save Kaavan from illness, or cure him if the worst should happen and his feet become infected, or he comes down with another illness.
Kaavan’s living quarters are deeply inadequate and photographs taken yesterday show Kaavan with no water in his pool. the current temperature in Islamabad is 37C sometimes rising to 41C.
This campaign seeks to bring to light that Kaavan has been offered a home at the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary by Lek Chailert and David Casselman and to break the deadlock of the CDA.
We can’t sit back and wait until he dies along with Suzi and Saheli. The CDA must let him go NOW before its too late.
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BRAND IN SHELTER SOFIA BULGARIJE
De shelter van Margaritha is volledig uitgebrand en verwoest. Een groot aantal honden is omgekomen.
Andere honden die het overleefd hebben lopen verward en in shock over straat.
Aantallen zijn nu nog niet bekend.
Wel is duidelijk dat dit een groot aantal honden betreft.
Margaritha heeft nu helemaal niks meer. Ze heeft alles verloren wat ze had en is volkomen middeloos
Ze heeft nu alle hulp nodig anders is haar jarenlange werk voor niks geweest. Ze heeft behoefte aan alles, nu eerst financiële middelen om de eerste dagen door te komen.
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This morning we reached a terrible message.
The Margaritha shelter is completely burned and destroyed. A large number of dogs have died. Other dogs that survived are confused and in shock across the street.
Numbers are not known yet. It is clear that this is a large number of dogs.
Margaritha has nothing left at all. She has lost everything she had and is completely meanless
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