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CAPTIVE ELEPHANT WELFARE – TEMPLE ELEPHANTS IN KARNATAKA – PROJECT BY THE ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD OF INDIA, MoEF, GOVT. OF INDIA  

CUPA’s Captive Elephant Survey, which the organization has been working on since 2005, has revealed a disturbing picture of the welfare status of elephants in captivity.

The problems besetting these gentle giants in captivity are many and varied. The survey has identified different management regimes and has published many reports on the keeping conditions and welfare aspects of each of them. During the survey and data collection, researchers realized that there were some organizations and establishments that were ready to give up their animals on the request of the Forest Department. But, the Department, with elephants of their own, and lacking the budget for new animals, is currently unable to take on the additional burden. The State must make provision for the establishment of care/ rescue centers for these animals, which need special attention.

Till such rescue centers become a reality, there is need to provide resources for the elephants at the site itself. Keeping this background in mind, CUPA has proposed a project for elephants owned by religious institutions in Karnataka. This has been accepted and funded by the Animal Welfare Board of India, MoEF  who have written to the Karnataka Forest Department ( Wildlife) seeking their support and co-operation.