Adityakrishna S Menon
Captive elephants are feudal status symbols in Kerala and in other States like Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The owners are mainly temple administrations and individuals. The elephants, once domesticated, are used for hard labour with little rest and rented out during the temple festival season and for other public functions. In Kerala, the rents range from Rs.35,000 to Rs.50,000 a day for an “ordinary” elephant and could go up to Rs.1 lakh and more for “star” elephants.
But life in captivity is hell for most elephants. Their legs, particularly the hind legs, are in chains for most of the day. The constant chafing of the iron against the skin results in bleeding wounds that deepen and get infected and lead to swelling in the legs. Many a time, it is in this state that they are walked to temple festivals, where they are made to stand for long hours amid the traditional percussion ensemble and the bursting of crackers.
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:53 pm

It hurts, it pains, but then there are beliefs, customs, rituals that goes back to many centuries. There are no easy answers here. It was/is very upsetting for me too and I made this series five years ago..

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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:35 pm

Painful, sad and powerful too, Aditya. Wish there's some way to bring them out of this suffering :(

Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Abijeeth Satheesh on Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:42 am

The only way is to change believes Nevil Sir.. And to make people understand In these years of modern culture and thoughts why torture animals to stick to tradition.. but its so painful to say , "it goes like this in this country"