The big tragedy of how elephants are treated in Kerala | The New Indian Express

[India] The soaring mercury, a change in diet, lack of physical exercise, new-age measures to control the musth period in elephants during the peak festival season and third-degree handling seem to be taking a heavy toll on captive elephants in … Continue reading

Kerala Temple Sets An Example By Replacing Elephants With Wooden Structures For Festivals

[Kerala] Elephants are the vital part of temple festivals in Kerala. They are used as a tribute to the God and are major attractions during these festivals. Most of the elephants are kept in captivity. The abuse and isolation that … Continue reading

Elephant dies in Kerala after eating plastic: Who is to blame? | The News Minute

[India] Every year, thousands of pilgrims trek through dense forested hills in the Pamba River basin to the abode of Lord Ayyappa during the annual pilgrimage. Sabarimala is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, a rich biodiversity home to several … Continue reading

Kerala: Man-elephant conflict being pushed to the brink by breaking up of natural corridors

[India] Biologists and conservationists who are alarmed at the impending crisis say this was expected. At this time of the year when farmers are reaping the season’s harvest, an attack was imminent similar to drought times, when the elephants come out for … Continue reading

Kerala turns ‘unsafe’ for captive elephants | The Hindu

[India] Ailments, torture, lack of care, and medical negligence are taking a toll on captive elephants, claim animal rights activists. The death of four animals in the past three weeks has taken the death toll of captive elephants to 14 … Continue reading

41 elephants die in Kerala forests in 6 months

[India] At least 41 wild elephants have died in forest ranges in Kerala in the last six months due to various reasons, according to government figures. Kerala is reeling under the worst-ever drought in a century. Source: 41 elephants die … Continue reading

Animal rights activists ring alarm bells over treatment of elephants in Kerala | India Today

.. But not all jumbos in Kerala are this lucky. In the land with temple festivals where the elephant is mostly an inseparable part of the tradition, some elephants that are paraded, are often threatened, beaten and tortured. At least … Continue reading

Kerala: Animal rights campaigners allege elephant torture at Thrissur Pooram festival | The Indian Express

[India] “The non-cooperation of the Kerala government shows that the only way to ensure the alleviation of suffering of captive elephants in the state is to ban their use, remove them from captivity and to send them to sanctuaries where … Continue reading

Kerala Temples: Story of Fires, Stampedes & Elephants Running Amok | TheQuint

[India] Competitive fireworks, accidents, stampedes and elephants running amok killing people are tragedies not new to Kerala. Source: Kerala Temples: Story of Fires, Stampedes & Elephants Running Amok – TheQuint

Kerala Government Passes Law Allowing People To Own Elephants, PETA Lashes Out

[India] “By providing amnesty to owners of ill-gotten elephants, Kerala is propping up the cruel and illegal elephant trade and making a mockery of the Wildlife Protection Act,” said Peta India Director of Veterinary Affairs Manilal Valliyate [2]. Source: Kerala … Continue reading