Baby elephants have become the must-have status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy. The government has introduced new laws to protect them. But conservationists believe more action is needed to end mistreatment.
Diplomatic gifts between countries can, like most presents, either be a fitting gesture or cause unintended controversy. The donation in 2015 of two baby elephants from the country's Pinnawala orphanage by the Sri Lankan prime minister to his New Zealand counterpart very much falls into the latter category.
One sultry afternoon in October 2002, a small paddy farmer (who prefers not to be named) in Sonitpur district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam bought a few packets of Demecron, an organophosphorus-based pesticide. Demecron was then banned in the district; however, the lethal pesticide was still abundantly available in the black market as it continued to fetch buyers like him among the district’s farmers. The reason was obvious: to deter pests that had been regularly raiding crops in various parts of the district.
The spat between the state government and the Railways took a new turn on Thursday as the state government filed an FIR against the Railways,charging it with gross negligence,in connection with the death of seven elephants on a railway track in the Siliguri-Alipurduar section of North-Eastern Frontier Railway in north Bengal.
Street begging is a problem for many of Thailand’s Elephants. It literally means the Elephants are wandering the streets with their Mahouts begging for money. The Mahout will sell sugarcane to tourists to feed the Elephant, Elephants rely on a varied diet for their survival and the diet of a street beggar is very limited and so can lead to terrible health issues and a high mortality rate.