Justice required for Kerala elephant killing

The devastating news of the killing of a pregnant elephant in Malappuram, Kerala on May 27 after being fed a pineapple stuffed with crackers has stirred up a storm in the nation with many taking to social media to condemn the incident and urging authorities to punish those who were responsible for the heinous act.

Allegedly, the crackers offered by a local exploded in her mouth when she chomped on it. The pregnant wild elephant in Silent Valley was unable to eat due to her injuries and died while standing in water. The incident came to light after a forest officer narrated the details of the horrific death on social media. The incident has sparked outrage on Twitter with Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and football team skipper Sunil Chhetri, and Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma reacting to the news. The celebrities urged everybody to treat animals with love and also demanded stricter laws against animal cruelty in their post.

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#Repost @tedthestoner . We all would urge @cmokerala to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice for this heinous crime. • A pregnant elephant was fed cracker stuffed pineapple by unidentified people in Kerala which exploded in her mouth and damaged her jaw. She walked around the village and finally passed away standing in a river. We keep searching for monsters hoping they would be having the devil's horns on their heads. But look around you, the monsters walk beside you. This elephant was going to give birth 18-20 months later. Even after the elephant was injured, she did not crush a single home or hurt a single human being. She just stood in a river because of the excruciating pain and passed away without hurting a single soul. From anybody who throws stones at a stray dog to anybody hurting a living soul, choose one face. A lot of these animals trust human beings because they have been helped by them in the past. This is cruel beyond measure. When you lack empathy and kindness, you do not deserve to be called a human being. To hurt someone is not human. Just stricter laws won't help. We need a decent execution of the law too. Until the guilty are punished in the worst possible way, these wicked monsters will never fear the law. Though it's a difficult task, I hope they are able to find out the one who committed this crime and punish them accordingly. Artwork by Bratuti.

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Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured that strict action will be taken against those responsible for the killing of the 15-year-old pregnant elephant. “Strict action will be taken against those who are responsible for killing the pregnant elephant. Forest department is probing the case and the culprits will be brought to book” Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala CM said on Wednesday.

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