5 questions on Assam elephant Joymala ‘torture’ controversy in Tamil Nadu temple

5 questions on Assam elephant Joymala ‘torture’ controversy in Tamil Nadu temple

Joymala, an elephant from Assam, which is now within the captivity at Srivilliputhur Andal Temple in Tamil Nadu, is on the centre of a serious hullabaloo on the social media.

Joymala drew consideration of the media after animal rights group PETA (Individuals for Moral Therapy of Animals) posted a video that it claimed had been taken throughout a veterinary inspection of the elephant.

The PETA video claimed the elephant is being stored illegally on the temple. “Right here, she is being crushed within the sacred sanctum sanctorum of Krishnan Kovil…In 2021, she was tied to a tree and crushed ruthlessly,” it mentioned, with visuals of an elephant being crushed.

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Nonetheless, the Tamil Nadu authorities has claimed that the PETA video is FAKE. The elephant Joymala is “completely doing good,” the Tamil Nadu authorities mentioned, tweeting a 31-second video that it claims was taken on Monday.

“Elephant Joymala in Srivilliputhur Andal Temple. Completely doing good. Taken excellent care by the current crew. Bathing facility has additionally been created. Some pretend movies are circulating in social media. This video is taken right this moment (5.9.22),” the tweet mentioned, tagging PETA India.

One elephant is seen being bathed in a pool within the video put up by the Hindu Spiritual and Charitable Endowments Division of Tamil Nadu authorities, which oversees temples affairs.

Nonetheless, Northeast Now (nenow.in) can not independently confirm the 2 movies.

A crew of consultants, together with internationally acclaimed elephant physician Padmashree (Dr) Kushal Konwar Sarma, from Assam rushed to Chennai to examine the wellbeing of Joymala and the opposite captive elephants within the temples of Tamil Nadu and produce them again residence.

Curiously, the Assam crew was not allowed to examine Joymala and the opposite elephants. Although Dr Sarma didn’t get to examine Joymala, he has reportedly mentioned that the video is suspected to be previous and Joymala is now being handled properly and correctly taken care of.

“The crew from Assam got here after a video bought circulated. It’s an previous video. The mahout was instantly dismissed and motion was taken upon those that have been accountable when it occurred,” Anna Zoological Park Director Srinivas R Reddy mentioned.

The sequence of occasions, together with circulation of movies, allegations and counter allegations, has raised quite a few questions.  

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# If the declare of Tamil Nadu authorities is true, why did animal rights group PETA flow into an previous video?

# What’s going to PETA acquire by circulating the previous video of Joymala being tortured?

# If the PETA video is previous or Pretend, why did the Assam authorities rush the crew of consultants to Tamil Nadu?

# If Joymala is being sorted properly, why did the Tamil Nadu authorities deny permission to the crew of consultants (together with internationally acclaimed elephant physician Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma) to bodily examine Joymala in Srivilliputhur Andal Temple?

# Why did the Assam Forest division react so shortly on Joymala, whereas a whole bunch of different elephants from Assam are languishing in temples in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh?

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