Joymala, or Jayamalyatha, of Srivilliputtur, Virudhunagar district. File | Image Credit: Custom Arrangement
An elephant from Assam has been violated again in a Tamil Nadu temple despite public relations claims otherwise, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – India said on Tuesday.
A female elephant named Joymala, also known as Jeymalyata, is in the custody of the Srivilliputhur Nachiyar Thirukovil temple. It was reportedly leased with a permit from the Assam Forest Department for six months but was not returned after its permit to stay in Tamil Nadu expired, according to animal rights activists.
Video evidence collected at the end of October and two days ago shows Joymala being handcuffed to a hard concrete floor, completely isolated from others of her kind, and held at gunpoint, members of PETA-India told reporters in Guwahati. .
The results disprove claims by the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Philanthropic Association that Joymala “is doing absolutely nothing good”, PETA-India campaign manager Radhika Suryavanshi said.
The department tweeted a public relations video in September showing Joymala walking without a chain near a pool, looking happy. This follows PETA-India’s presentation showing deep wounds on the elephant’s legs “indicating long-term chain and beating with sticks”.
In two separate videos made in 2021 and 2022, PETA-India showed various mahouts beating Joymala so badly that she could be heard screaming in pain. The videos were taken from the elephant rehabilitation camp at the Krishna Kovil temple in Tamil Nadu.
“PETA India’s investigations show that Joymala is living a miserable life in pain and fear, denied the opportunity to roam freely or socialize with other elephants. It is time to arrest Joymala and send her to a rehabilitation center.” where she can feel safe, recover from injuries, and socialize with other elephants,” Ms Suryavanshi said.
The elephants are confined to one place and forced to live in hard dirt or concrete and often have thin, uneven pads, and sore feet and cracked nails, which leads to infection and osteoporosis, veterinarians said. related to animal rights said.
PETA-India members said no action has been taken against Joymala’s violations despite complaints being registered in the Srivilliputhur Forest Range against the mahouts for wildlife crimes under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Animals in the 1960s, activists said.
Meanwhile, the Environment and Forest Department of Assam has sought the intervention of the Gauhati High Court to repatriate Joymala from Tamil Nadu.
The information says that many people have lost their lives to elephants that were harassed and rebelled. According to the Animal Heritage Task Force, captured elephants have killed 526 people in Kerala alone in the last 15 years.
Examples of this in Tamil Nadu include the Assam-origin Deivanai, killed in the Subramaniya Swami temple in Madurai, the Masini, kept in the Samayapuram Mariamman temple in Trichy, and the Madhumathi, used in a temple ceremony in Madurai. .