‘Hell Is Here’, an image of #Elephants fleeing fire balls thrown by a mob has shocked the world.
A baby Elephant appears to have been severely burned after it was struck with a flaming bar of tar in the east Indian state of West Bengal. An award-winning photograph captures the exact moment when photographer Biplab Hazra says a mob of “jeering men” threw the balls of tar and firecrackers at the calf and his or her mother, in an apparent attempt to drive them away. This is only the latest in a series of violent conflicts between Elephants and humans in the region that must be addressed.
Elephants in India are in crisis as their natural habitat dwindles, while farmlands and urban areas expand. As a result, herds of wandering Elephants frequently enter populated areas and cause damage or threaten human lives. Attacks by mobs, such as the one shown in the photograph, are seen as retribution for the losses the Elephants are said to cause.
There is no excusing the vile behaviour shown in the photographs. No animal deserves to be burned or tortured, especially as the result of human-caused problems like habitat destruction. Sign this petition to demand that Indian officials enact harsher penalties for causing harm to Elephants and do more to protect what remaining land these creatures have available to them.
Please Sign The Petition To Demand Harsher Penalties For Harming Wild Elephants While Doing More To Protect Their Remaining Habitat
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