Parading of caparisoned elephants along the prickly hot black-top roads for hours together, even for days together in many cases, in connection with certain ritualistic ceremonies, is a painful sight for animal-lovers in the State during these summer months.
The hapless animals in captivity are put to stand in the scorching sun, denying even food, water and sleep, in the name of religion and tourism promotion. It is also a fact that no scripture or religious text say that temple elephant should be part of temple festivals, says Ms Sandhya, district co-ordinator of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals (SPCA).
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