Colorful festivals to humans, lifetime torture for elephants.
Pictures of a terribly thin senior elephant have shocked the internet!
A ten-day Buddhist festival includes all sorts of parades that feature decorated animals. But under the decorations, there’s a horrific reality.
A 70-year-old female elephant named Tikiiri has been working beside other elephants for years. Tikiiri is skin and bones, and still, she was forced to march in the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka last July.
The hapless elephant was abused all of her life. She has been locked in inhumane conditions, and now she is so skinny that her ribs stick out.
While the festival features various of joyful activities such as music shows and dancers, Tikiiri is held starved and ill.
For the festival guests Tikiiri might seem glamorous and festive but if they took off her dress, they could see a tortured and hapless animal that suffers every second of her life.
Save Elephant Foundation shared the horrifying photos of Tikiiri on the World Elephant Day.
“No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume” they wrote on the post. No one sees the tears in her eyes, injured by the bright lights that decorate her mask, no one sees her difficulty to step as her legs are short shackled while she walks,” they added.
The Save Elephant Foundation asked people to call the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to stop this abuse.
The body which Tikiiri belongs too, “Sacred Tooth Relic,” has told Metro that they “always care about the animals”.
The organization writes in its Facebook post: “To love, to do no harm, to follow a path of kindness and compassion, this is the Way of Buddha. It is time to follow.”
People were shocked to see the images:
A Facebook user Diane C. Landauer commented: “This is beyond awful – I have tears in my eyes. This beautiful lady needs to a sanctuary to live out her remaining days. This breaks my heart.”
Another person wrote: “To have this beautiful creature treated and used in such a despicable way shows that humans really do think they are the superior race… This has got to stop and I for one will write to the Sri Lankan government.”
Linda Sheen said: “To have this beautiful creature treated and used in such a despicable way shows that humans really do think they are the superior race. I do not nor do any of the others in this group agree. This girl should be given somewhere safe to live in comfort with everything she needs to live out her days. This has got to stop and I for one will write to the Sri Lankan government.”
The Save Elephant Foundation goes above and beyond to protect animals and aim to end elephant cruelty. They explained on Facebook: “Our mission is to increase awareness about the plight of the endangered Asian elephant, educate locals on the humane treatment of their elephants, and provide sanctuary for rescued elephants at our nature park.”
They added, “Save Elephant Foundation works tirelessly to preserve and protect Asian elephants. In addition to providing a safe home for our rescued elephants at Elephant Nature Park, we offer support, advice, office-based resources, and funding to all of the projects under the Foundation’s umbrella.”
It is estimated by the World Animal Protection that there are over 3,000 elephants that are being used for entertainment in Asia only. 77% of them is being held in inhumane conditions and mistreated daily.
Tourists are attracted to all kinds of elephant entertainment while in reality, the elephants are being abused. Help the hapless elephants to raise awareness so people will know how badly they are treated.