A PROTEST against the treatment of Indian temple elephants is due to take place outside the Indian High Commission on Friday afternoon (20).
Action for Elephants UK, a Britain based activist group, are also set to deliver an open letter to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during his visit this week.
The action hopes to draw attention to the “horrific” treatment and torture of the animals and the harm it does to India’s tourism industry and reputation.
Statistics released by the group reveal 57 elephants have died in just 26 months in the southern India state of Kerala alone.
In 2018, 11 elephants have died as of the end of March.
According to reports, temple elephants are beaten “mercilessly” by their handlers and forced to stand for hours on end. They are also denied food, water and shelter, activists said.
“It is unimaginable, the amount of suffering that temple elephants endure,” said Maria Mossman of Action for Elephants UK. “India has very good laws in place, but all of these are ignored daily, and the abusers go unpunished.
“Not only are elephants intelligent and sentient beings, they are an endangered species…
“India, we implore you to enforce your laws and bring an end to the terrible crimes against captive elephants.”
The demonstration is expected to be attended by actor and animal activist Dan Richardson, actor and conservationist Anneka Svenska, who are due to make brief speeches regarding the plight of the animals.
“It is the duty not only of India to enforce the laws to protect them, but of the world to respond to end the brutality against them,” Mossman urged. “By not doing so, we are failing these magnificent creatures.”