IHC Wants Kaavan to be Relocated to a Sanctuary
Kaavan, the lone elephant in the zoo gifted by Sri Lanka in 1985, is to be relocated to a sanctuary in Pakistan or abroad, stated the IHC's verdict.
On May 21, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decided that the animals in captivity at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad have been kept in conditions that are violating the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1890 and the Wildlife Ordinance of 1979. Kaavan, the lone elephant in the zoo, is to be relocated to a sanctuary in Pakistan or abroad, stated the IHC’s verdict.
Kaavan was gifted by Sri Lanka in 1985 when he was a year old. One of his many international benefactors is the American singer Cher. It is shocking that for more than 30 years, has been kept chained in a small enclosure, with inappropriate conditions required to meet the physiological, social and behavioural needs of this extraordinary species of living beings.
IHC also added that they regret that “mahouts” have a negative relationship with Kaavan since his food was sold to visitors so that the latter could feed the elephant. The funds generated are not recorded and thus go unaccounted while the health condition of the elephant was also disturbing.
“mahouts” have a negative relationship with Kaavan since his food was sold to visitors so that the latter could feed the elephant. The funds generated are not recorded and thus go unaccounted while the health condition of the elephant was also disturbing.
The judgement said:
There is also no dispute that animal does not deserves to be subjected to cruel treatment and to separate an elephant from the herd and keep it in isolation is not what has been contemplated by nature.
Furthermore, the IHC verdict said that the chairman of the Board of Wildlife Management, constituted under the Wildlife Ordinance of 1979 should make arrangements, preferably in consultation with and the consent of the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to relocate Kaavan to a suitable sanctuary within 30 days. The board can seek assistance of experts and international entities or organisations for this.
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