Elephants Set On Fire in Mumbai; Photographer Wins Award
This shocking photo shows two wild elephants running away from a crowd, as people hurled flaming balls of tar and crackers at them.
The motive? It appears that the mob of people are chasing the elephants away from farm land, where they regularly stop by for snacks.
Elephants have long been known to be docile, intelligent, gentle giants...is such treatment appropriate?
Taken by Biplab Hazra, the photo titled: ‘Hell is here’, was captured in the Bankura district of West Bengal, where human-elephant conflict is rife.
The image won the conservation photo contest – run by Sanctuary wildlife magazine – and Hazra said the calf was screaming in ‘confusion’ as it fled the ‘crowd of jeering men’, BBC reports.
Biplab said: "For these smart, gentle, social animals who have roamed the subcontinent for centuries, hell is now and here. It is frequently found that people dwelling near forest take resort to various methods which disturb the wild animals & make them ferocious to take revenge."
This sort of devastating conflict is getting worse by the day.
As more and more forest is cut down, elephants and humans are finding themselves in habitat conflict.
Vital elephant habitats and routes continue to be ravaged, and human-elephant conflict escalates to a fatal degree. "The ignorance and bloodlust of mobs that attack herds for fun, is compounded by the plight of those that actually suffer damage to land, life and property by wandering elephants and the utter indifference of the central and state government to recognize the crisis that is at hand," the Foundation said in the accompanying note.
In the end, it seems that humans will use whatever force/means necessary to win...including flaming fireballs, and aggressive mobs.
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Original Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41899103
Image Sources: https://www.catersnews.com/stories/animals/elephants-vs-man-heartbreaking-images-show-confused-elephants-attempting-to-navigate-railway-line-built-through-their-habitat/
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