Sri Lanka: Starving Elderly Elephant’s Emaciated Body in Buddhist Festival

ASIA--PACIFIC, RELIGION, ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM, 19 Aug 2019

Joe Roberts | Metro – TRANSCEND Media Service

The 70-year-old elephant’s emaciated body in the light of day.  (Picture: Lek Chailert)

13 Aug 2019 – This starving 70-year-old elephant is made to walk miles every night so people can feel ‘blessed’ at a religious festival, an activist has claimed.

The ailing female elephant, who is called Tikiri, is covered in a colourful costume so the people watching her in the parade do not see her emaciated body.

Elephants are made to wear colourful costumes for the Esala Perahera in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
(Picture: Lek Chailert)

Lek Chailert, the founder of Save Elephant Foundation, said Tikiri is one of 60 elephants being forced to work for ten consecutive nights at the Esala Perahera, a Buddhist festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

She claims the elephants are ‘short shackled’ so they walk slower through the noisy chaos of the night parade.

Chailert, whose organisation rescues elephants in Thailand, said ‘no one sees the tears’ in Tikiri’s eyes in a heartfelt post on World Elephant Day.

Tikiri is forced to parade through the city for ten consecutive nights.  (Picture: Lek Chailert)

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2 Responses to “Sri Lanka: Starving Elderly Elephant’s Emaciated Body in Buddhist Festival”

  1. samir sardana says:

    Buddhists believe that they have a special bond with India and Hindoos !

    The poor souls – if they knew ! dindooohindoo

    As per hIindoo scriptures – Buudha was SENT BY HINDOO GODS TO DELUDE ATHEISTS AND THAT BUDDHISTS ARE LIARS

     “In the beginning of Kali-yuga, the Lord will appear as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana,in the province of Gaya, just for the purpose of deluding those atheists.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1:3:24)

    यथा हि चोर स्स तथा हि बुद्ध-स्तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विद्धि।

     “As a thief, so is Buddha”. Know that “Tathagatas are atheists”. [Ayodhya Kandam,Sarga 109; shloka 34]

  2. samir sardana says:

    As per Hindooism – Boodhism was a lie introduced by the Hindoo Gods to distract Atheists , idolators and animal sacrifices ! dindooohindoo

    But they lost control of the plot ! If the Buddhists knew ……

    Sample 1 – Lord Shiva is “explicitly ordered by Lord Vishnu”,to promote the philosophy(i.e. Advaita Vedanta) to “fool and beguile”, the Dindoo Hindoo Bindoo

    svāgamaiḥ kalpitais tvaḿ ca
    janān mad-vimukhān kuru
    māḿ ca gopaya yena syāt
    sṛṣṭir eṣottarottarā

     [Addressing Lord Siva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead said:] Please make the “general populace averse to Me” by imagining your own interpretation of the Vedas.
     Also, cover Me in such a way that people will take more interest in “advancing material civilization”, just to “propagate a population bereft of spiritual knowledge”. ’Padma Purana, Uttara-khanda (62.31).

    Sample 2 – Lord Vishnu instructs Siva,in the “Varaha Purana”,by saying:

    esa moham srjamy asu yo janan mohayisyati
    tvam ca rudra maha-baho moha-sastrani karaya

     O mighty-armed Siva, please “write books filled with lies”, and thus bewilder the people.

    atathyani vitathyani darsayasva maha-bhuja
    prakasam kuru catmanam aprakasam ca mam kuru

     O mighty-armed one, please “preach a collection of lies”. Place yourself in the forefront,and conceal Me.

    Sample 3 – Shiva tells his “wife Parvati”,as under

    mayavadam asac-chastram pracchannah baudham ucyate
    mayaiva kalpitam devi kalau brahmana-rupina

     O Goddess, in the age of Kali I shall “descend in the form of a brahmana” to spread this “Mayavada philosophy”, which is actually “covered Buddhism”. (Padma Purana)

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