Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity

Updated: August 03, 2017 21:35 IST

In India, there are about 3000 to 3500 captive elephants, which are deprived of their natural environment, often isolated in the alien world of human behaviours and practices. Chained up almost for the entire time of their captivity, these elephants are prone to develop symptoms of trauma and need specific care. Here are a few pictures showcasing the life of captive elephants.

Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
In India there are about 3,000 to 3,500 captive elephants and most of them are in really bad shape. The biggest and most common form of cruelty is that they are chained up nearly the entire time of their captivity.

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
In captivity, they are left standing still for long periods of time and it becomes extremely difficult for them to bear their own weight on four feet. Many rescued elephants display infected sores around their feet, where the chains have literally cut into their skin.

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
Elephants that are frequently relocated become stressed by the constant change in their environment and different handlers.

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
Captive elephants are often fed sweets and oily food, which make them obese, resulting in severe health complications, including the infected feet. Notably, many elephants die every year from malnutrition, cruelty, road accidents and diseases. Here seen is one captive elephant fallen due to extreme fatigue.

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
Being social animals, this isolation is deeply detrimental to elephants' mental well being as they start losing control. This is the reason, incidents of mahouts and people getting killed by elephants are reported frequently.

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
Here seen is one of the captive elephants named Mohan being welcomed at the elephant conservation and care centre, which aims to restore not just his physical health but mental well being, while allowing him to live out a life of retirement in surroundings that are as close to the wild as possible.

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
The elephant conservation and care centres are set on a huge piece of land, incorporates patches of trees like forests, open grasslands and has built in water pools from which the animal can not only drink water but bathe and lie in as well.

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
The elephants at the conservation and care centres are allowed to roam freely and aren't chained down. Seen here is a rescued elephant having a good time!

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Why Elephants Should Be Freed From A Life Of Captivity
This is how we should let elephants live, right there in the wild, among their own, with freedom and dignity.

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