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Elephant welfare

Elephants are the keepers of Mother Nature and when the elephants are happy in there natural habitat, it symbolizes the perfect balance of the ecosystem.

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Elephants have been one of the primary and probably one and only species from wildlife which has played a game-changing role in the history of human evolution but still has been the victim for ages

  • They have fought the wars that did not belong to them
  • They have constructed huge structures where they didn’t live in
  • They have been part of festivals they do not celebrate

And for them to participate in all these human activities they are compelled under captivity and kept under constant fear of physical abuse by using bull hooks and other pain-inflicting tools

While this is the story of captive elephants, the elephants in the wild face larger challenges such as

  • Encroachment of elephant corridor
  • Deforestation
  • human conflict
  • and not to forget poaching for their tusks and blood beeds
The objective

Elephant Care & Conservation

Vision

a sustainable eco-system for elephants in wild and captivity

 

Mission

To work with a holistic approach for conservation and betterment of elephants, by involving all stakeholders

How do we plan to achieve it?

For Elephants in Wild

The Challenge

The primary concern with wild elephants is the conflict zone, other than poaching.

With deforestation and vanishing elephant corridor, elephants are compelled to crossover to farms and villages on the fringes of the forest looking for easy food, while the farmers and villagers put up a tough fight to save their produce. While techniques like electric fencing, trench, barricading from forest department do defer elephants for a while, eventually the hunger drives them to find a way around which is quite natural. 

And unfortunately, in this conflict, either the human or elephant becomes the victim. To add to the challenges for conservation, the elephant being an animal is the one which ends up on receiving end where they are confiscated and made captive forever or moved to an alternative forest.

Solution

Create a thicker layered foliage on the fringes and buffer zones of the forest thereby increasing the food ratio for elephants, so they don’t have to wander out of the forest in search of food

Methodology

Use natural techniques and improvised forestry and organic plantation methodology and create native and natural forest boundary, which would defer elephants venturing out, while also providing them adequate food and shade.

Simultaneously promote and support farmers in the conflict zone to shift from agriculture and grow more indigenous forestry products with better yield and lesser risk.

For Captive elephants

The Challenge

Most of the captive elephants in India are used for tourism and religious purpose, due to which they are usually confined to chains and made to stand on hard stone/ granite/cemented surface which creates a major stress on their leg creating minute ruptures and dead cells in foot to begin with, and most elephants live with painful legs.

To add to this, elephants made to sleep on the hard surface develops pressure sores, at times a foot wide on their hip bone, which is another major pain point as elephants use their hip bone to support and pivot their body to stand up or get into sleep position. Other than this as the mahout’s or handlers of elephants use the tactic of chaining, pain, and abuse continuously, to keep the elephants under control which causes severe stress on this generally peaceful animal. 

Solution

Provide more natural lifestyle for captive elephants, by working with the all the stake holders, and create elephant sanctuary to provide more natural life

Methodology

Build awareness among stakeholders, including tourists and the general public about the challenges and painful life elephants live in captivity and Discourage using elephants for begging and tourism.

Work with mahout’s closely and counsel them to stop using bullhooks and adopt a more positive approach.

The HOW?

  • Laughing elephants is conducting awareness program in educational institutions, corporates and housing societies
  • In association with concerned NGO’s and individuals, camps are conducted at rescue and rehabilitation centers
  • Laughing Elephants” being a non-NGO, funds are being generated by various business and event initiative’s.