The killing of a pregnant wild elephant has triggered a nationwide outrage even as Kerala chief minister promised strict action against the offenders. “The forest department is probing the case and the culprits won’t be spared,” chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Wednesday as per Times Of India News!

Mannarkkad forest division registered a case and initiated a probe into the killing of the 15-year-old cow elephant. Two organizations announced cash rewards to anyone providing information that would lead to the arrest of the offenders.

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A high-level team has been formed to investigate the killing of the pregnant elephant in Kerala, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan promising strict action against the people responsible. The elephant — which had come out of the Silent Valley in search of food and wandered close to villages — had eaten a fruit stuffed with firecrackers. Kerala’s Chief Wildlife Warden told NDTV that they were of the view that it was an “intentional act to kill the elephant”.

“The department is of the view that this is an intentional act to kill the elephant. We have registered the case against unknown offenders and very soon you will hear of the arrests”, Chief Wildlife Warden Surendra Kumar told NDTV.

Farmers are known to keep pineapples and other fruits stuffed with firecrackers to kill wild boars that ravage the crops. Under the Wildlife Protection Act, capturing, trapping, poisoning or baiting of any wild animal or even attempting to do so carry a fine of up to ₹25,000 or a jail term of up to seven years, or both.

Expressing deep regret over the issue, the Chief Wildlife Warden said a high-level team is probing the incident and arrests will soon follow. The forest officer who posted the matter on Facebook said the elephant, with her insides, ripped, tongue and mouth injured, had wandered around for days before walking into the Velliyar river in Palakkad district, where she died in a standing position.

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“This is deeply saddening. As a guardian of wildlife animals throughout Kerala, it’s very saddening for me. On behalf of the entire department, I express my deep regret over the incident,” Mr Kumar told NDTV.

“I hope people will be more sensitive — after all, most consider human beings superior,” the officer added. “When the pineapple or some other fruit she ate exploded, she would have been shocked/worried not about herself, it must’ve been about the child she was going to give birth to in 18 to 20 months,” another forest official, Mohan Krishnan, had written on Facebook.

Mr Krishnan was part of the Rapid Response Team formed to rescue the elephant. It was his post that had made the shocking incident public.

In April, another wild elephant in Kerala died and she had a jaw fracture. The cause of death has not been confirmed and now, tests have been sent for chemical analysis, officials said.

“There are similarities in both the deaths. Both had injuries in the mouth. The possibility is that someone tried this (crackers) on the elephant. But the evidence is not there. Sometimes farmers use crackers wrapped in jaggery. But they are small crackers. Usually, elephants don’t die with that,” Surendra Kumar said.

In some parts of Kerala, locals use crackers, sometimes mixed with food, to chase away wild animals including wild boars that ruin produce. Source: https://www.ndtv.com/topic/elephant

This incident also shook Bollywood, Actors Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, and Randeep Hooda are among those who took to Twitter to speak against this heinous act.

“Maybe animals are less wild and humans less human. What happened with that #elephantis heartbreaking, inhumane and unacceptable!” Akshay Kumar tweeted. “Strict action should be taken against the culprits,” he added and shared an image of the
dead animal.

Anushka Sharma shared an Instagram post and tagged Kerala’s chief minister. In her post, she shared a heartening sketch of an imaginary conversation which transpired between the mother and her unborn baby and credited it to Bratuti. In the post’s caption, Sharma detailed the entire story of how the elephant was killed.

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“From anybody who throws stones at a stray dog to anybody hurting a living soul, choose one face. A lot of these animals trust people because they have been helped by them in the past. This is cruel beyond measure. When you lack empathy and kindness, you do not deserve to be called a human being. To hurt someone is not human,” she added. In the following lines, she asked for justice for the innocent animal.

“Until the guilty are punished in the worst possible way, these wicked monsters will never fear the law. Though it’s a difficult task, I hope they are able to find out the one who committed this crime and punish them accordingly,” she added. source: Hindustan Times.

Apart from this scenario,

  1. Why don’t people react the same way when the same elephants die out of hunting for our flaunting usage of ivory
    and leather?
  2. When they died out of disturbed habitats, shattered home, dried out forest water bodies?
  3. When they were evacuated from the land they belong to entertaining you in circuses, zoos?

Waiting for the accurate information is essential rather than drawing conclusions without proper evidence as it leads to unnecessary havoc among the people making the situation even worse.