An Angry Elephant in Kandy's Tooth Temple
|An Angry And Hungry Elephant in Tooth Temple Kandy Sri Lanka|
Elephants are not given any food during the day because if they eat during the day, they may defecate on the streets during Perahera. Hungry elephants, thus, get very angry and need to be restrained with heavy iron chains before and during Perahera to prevent them from running amok. See the picture of the elephant below whose three of the four limbs are tied with chains and is given tree bark to munch on while it awaits its Perahera duty.
|A Hungry Elephant in Tooth Temple Kandy Sri Lanka|
2. Elephants shipped from one temple to another
Elephants are shipped from other locations to Perahera venue in trucks, restrained by heavy chains. During such shipments, the animals are not given food or water and miss their sleep too.
3. Heavy loads
During Perahera, elephants not only carry men but also the relics in a heavy ransivige, decorative attire containing electrical lights, and the batteries to power the lights.
4. Sick elephants not spared
The number of elephants that "participate" in the Perahera is a matter of pride for the organizers. In order to get as many elephants out as possible, the organizers do not spare even sick or injured elephants. The elephant in the picture below has a wound on its body and the metal chain is scraping the skin off its limbs. Ready for Perahera duty.
|An Inhured Perahera Elephant in Kandy Sri Lanka|
When there is no Perahera, the elephants are used as beasts of burden, like low paid labourers who have no labour laws to protect them.
6. Elephant orphangae supplies elephants for Perahera?
I read somewhere that Kandy's famous Elephant Orphanage supplies elephants for Perahera. If that is true, is that an orphanage or a farm to produce elephants for labour? I saw this young elephant being poked with a spear sort of weapon repeatedly by the keeper forcing it to scream in pain and finally made to bow before Lord Buddha's Tooth Temple. Also see the several metal chains around this young elephant's neck. Already working as a labourer.
|A Young Elephant Being Subjected To Cruelty in Buddha Tooth Temple Kandy Sri Lanka|
Read More on Elephant Abuse in Kandy and Other Parts of Sri Lanka:
Boycott Kandy's Perahera in Sri Lanka
Elephants on Parade - Cool or Cruel?
Cruel Exploitation of Captive Elephants in Sri Lanka
Facebook Videos of Cruelty To Elephants in Sri Lanka
|Posted by Narinder Singh|