NAMAN PANT Gwalior India
‘RIP Humanity’:Outrage Erupts Over Pregnant Elephant's Gory Death In Kerala..
KOCHI: As the brutal killing of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala led to widespread condemnation, a similar incident has come to light in Palakkad district, where a young female elephant died of injuries in her mouth, 16 days ago.
The pregnant wild elephant in Silent Valley Forest had fallen victim to an act of human cruelty on May 27 after a pineapple filled with powerful crackers offered by a man exploded in her mouth when she chomped on it.
On Wednesday, the country and the world woke up to the heartbreaking news from Kerala's Palakkad district's Silent Valley, where a pregnant Elephant succumbed to the inhumane injuries after reportedly eating a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers, which exploded in her mouth and led to her death sometime after.
The soon-to-be mother Jumbo died while trying to calm her searing pain while being inside the Velliyar River.
The death of a pregnant Elephant sent shock-waves on social media. People called for strong action against those who fed her firecracker-filled pineapple while sharing multiple illustrations and sketches asking fellow humans to make amends against animal cruelty.
"What a shame !! humans are the worst species on planet earth."
Are humans intrinsically valuable or just a cosmic accident without meaning or purpose?
“I don’t know why the elephant did it, knowing about us, bloody humans? This reaction says something about the nature of the animal, as well as the best and worst instincts in humanity. An elephant, even more than a dog (a pet), is a person. From Aristotle’s time — he said an elephant is “the animal that surpasses all others in wit and mind” — human beings have seen elephants as wise, formidable, useful, and good. Its brain has as many neurons as ours and is likely capable of complex thoughts and emotions we are as yet unaware of. Elephant societies are matriarchal and deeply bonded. They remember their dead, show grief, and have language. They think. Yet, they are not considered persons, not in a legal sense.
Initially, the elephant’s death seemed like an act of wanton cruelty, another injustice in a country where callousness seemed to have become the norm. The real problem, though, runs deeper and is cause for much more despair.
The elephant that died was certainly a person. But we may not be the competent authority to judge it so.