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TN chief wildlife warden asked detailed report on the fitness of captive elephants aged 60 and above

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TRICHY: Tamil Nadu chief wildlife warden Sanjay Kumar Srivastava has sought a detailed report on the fitness of captive elephants aged 60 years and above. There are 19 captive elephants in the state that are aged 60 and above. Srivastava issued an order dated April 26 addressed to all the district forest officers who also serve as member convenor of the district-level captive elephant welfare committees. They are asked to check the health condition of the elephants with the help of a veterinary surgeon in their area.

There have been complaints about elephants being used even after they turned 60 years old. As per the Tamil Nadu Captive Elephant (management and maintenance) Rules 2011, an elephant that turns of 60 years shall not be forced to work. The order has come after Gulabi, a 59-year-old captive elephant, died while being brought back to Srirangam from Pollachi on a truck.

The elephant had been taken to Pollachi for a gaja pooja. Inquiries revealed that the owner had transported the elephant undermining its ill health which eventually led to its death. Trichy district forest officer D Sujatha said a request from the owner of a 60- year-old elephant seeking permission to transport the animal for a temple function had been denied a few days ago.

(source :TOI)

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