Justice for Baby Elephant Burned Alive

Target: Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Indian Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Goal: Demand harsher penalties for villagers who harm elephants.

A baby elephant was severely burned and terrorized 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 behavior shown in the photograph. 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.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Vardhan,

A photograph showing a mob attacking an elephant mother and her calf underlines the growing crisis that elephants face in India. As their forest habitats are destroyed, these creatures are forced to wander over large areas to find food and water, bringing them into conflict with humans when they enter populated areas. There have been many reports of humans torturing and hurting elephants in an effort to keep them away, and this photograph is disturbing evidence that even young calves are being targeted by violent mobs.

Elephants will continue to enter villages and towns as long as they cannot find enough food or water in their natural habitats. Therefore, I urge you to do more to conserve their remaining habitat and to enact harsher penalties against those who would cause them harm.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Biplab Hazra via Instagram

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20 Comments

  1. Dr. Harsh listen up to the real…the wild animals in ur vicinity. Are more loved respected, can bring a ton more economic value and goodness in the area needs it most. Laws dont wrk for the lawless. Save time/resources. Banish & exhile troublemakin firestarters NOW

  2. FEED THESE BABY ELEPHANT ABUSERS TO THE LIONS DEN NOW.

  3. Alison Scott says:

    Why don’t we punish the people who did this to the wee elephant by burning them a!ive someone will need to take drastic measures like this to stop animal cruelty

  4. Alison Scott says:

    Why don’t we burn the perpretators alive maybe a stop will then be put to animal cruelty once and for all nothing else works

  5. Renee Howard says:

    What do u expect…third world toilet..third world mentallity

  6. THIS EXTREME CRUELTY PROMOTES INSENSIBILITY, UNCONSCIOUSNESS, AND VIOLENCE BETWEEN US. THIS IS UNFORGIVABLE AND UNIMAGINABLE TORTURE TO ANIMALS. STOP THESE ATROCITIES. WE NEED LAWS TO PROTECT ALL ANIMALS. THESE ATROCITIES SHOW THE IGNORANCE, THE BRUTALITY. WE NEED TO EVOLVE AND BE BETTER HUMAN BEINGS.

  7. WHAT DID THEY DO FOR THIS BABY…JUST TAKE PICTURES…..??? OR REACH OUT AND HELP IT…..????? IF YOU JUST TOOK PICTURES AND WATCHED IT SUFFER YOU ARE AS BAD AS THEY ARE….

  8. Humans are taking over animal habitats so extensively. What are these poor animals to do? Torching a baby elephant is cruelty beyond belief! How it must have suffered. These beautiful mammals feel pain as we do. I wouldn’t have blamed the mother elephant if she attacked the people who tortured her baby! What is happening to people all over this planet? Things seem to be getting worse and worse when it comes to humans showing compassion, respect, and love for other people and animals. What is wrong with us? It is awful what some people think is OK to do. “Do unto others……”

  9. I can’t believe people can be so cruel. Whoever did this should be set on fire Like they did this poor baby elephant.

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