Rescue India’s Begging Elephants

Decorated elephant in Jaipur, Rajasthan._by Faraz Usmani

Target: Prakash Javadekar, the Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

Goal: Save privately owned elephants which are forced to beg in unnatural and dangerous conditions.

In recent years, the Indian elephant has been used for begging. Elephants have been forced to travel across different regions and ask for money from the public. They are forced into an environment that is not natural after captivity from their natural habitat. These conditions deprive the elephants of their natural behavior and environment and put their health at risk. The private ownership of elephants has given rise to this industry even though the Indian elephant is becoming an endangered species.

The begging elephants have poor housing in urban settings and have to spend long hours on concrete floors without any natural vegetation. In addition, these elephants are chained for extended periods in very unhygienic conditions lacking enough drinking water. They also do not get to bathe regularly and have several injuries caused by their chains. These elephants have to be fed waste food, leftovers, and junk food, which lead to more health risks including obesity. Businesspersons and traders take the elephants for long distances, leading to exhaustion and hunger after long working days.

Begging elephants have to walk on hard, hot concrete, which poses a health risk and leads to cracked nails. These elephants can walk for up to 12 hours a day without food, shade, or water, and the prolonged exposure to sunlight has often led to eye conditions. They do not have access to proper veterinary care by doctors who have professional experience in handling elephants.

This is animal cruelty, and it is important for the Indian government to protect this endangered species. Though India has some good laws for the protection of wildlife, the plight of these elephants appears to be inadequately addressed. As long as the government allows easy buying and selling of elephants, the exploitative use of these elephants is something that will not end in the near future.

If you would like to see a stop to the use of elephants for begging, please add your signature to this petition to ban the use of an endangered species for money.


Dear Mr. Prakash Javadekar,

Despite the fact that India has enacted some good laws on animal protection, the plight of begging elephants has not been adequately addressed. The Indian elephant is becoming an endangered species, and so long as elephants can be bought and sold, these species remain threatened.

I strongly urge you to consider the future of these elephants and put a ban on begging elephants across India. I also urge that you transfer these elephants to a rescue and rehabilitation center to ensure their health is no longer in danger. Thank you, and I hope you will respond positively to this important cause.


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Photo Credit: Faraz Usmani

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  1. stop making these elephants begging for money they are beautiful creatures and not made for that job, you go out and do it and let the animals have a decent life.

  2. Am utterly FED UP with humanity’s time-worn and WRONG mindset that OTHER animals and their inherent souls somehow “belong” to us, to use as WE wish, when they DON’T! They belong to THEMSELVES, not us! STOP THIS CHILDISHNESS AND IRREVERENCE once and for all and start treating them as the sacred beings they are!!!!!

    Let’s not forget, the OTHER animals came into being here even BEFORE our own, stupid species did! We should be RESPECTING that!

  3. We want our elephants healthy, happy and comfortable — anything short of this will be deemed cruel and unconscionable — WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS!

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