PETITION TARGET: Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar
A pregnant elephant wandered into a village in search of food, where she reportedly ate a pineapple filled with firecrackers. The boobytrapped fruit exploded in her mouth, burning and gashing her jaw and tongue.
Desperately, she fled the village, searching for somewhere to nurse her injuries. Likely attempting to keep her fresh wounds from getting infected, the soon-to-be-mother stood in the Velliyar River in Kerala, India for several days with her trunk and face submerged under water. There she suffered in agonizing pain until she died, never able to experience the birth of her unborn child.
“She trusted everyone,” Mohan Krishnan, a devastated wildlife officier, wrote on Facebook. “When the pineapple she ate exploded, she must have been shocked not thinking of herself, but about the child she was going to give birth to in 18 to 20 months. She didn’t harm a single human being even when she ran in searing pain in the streets of the village. She didn’t crush a single home.”
This was likely a “pig cracker” meant to keep wild boars away from crops, according to BBC. Regardless of the intended target, such animal cruelty must not be tolerated.
Sign this petition urging authorities to thoroughly investigate this appalling crime and use all available resources to identify and charge the person(s) responsible for murdering this pregnant elephant.
PETITION UPDATE 6/5/20: A suspect has been arrested, according to CBS News. Officials are still investigating to determine whether the suspect was a poacher or a farmer who wanted to kill the elephant to prevent it from damaging crops.