While there is enough to remember the ones who died peacefully, less to remember those who suffered the brutality of humans and even can’t get a word out.
We, humans, are so habitual to the act of using and throwing that we have always thought animals as an object. We have been literally using them until they are “worn off” and then throw them to suffer, caring least, until they are extinct.
Nevertheless, with time, humans seem to have had developed a soft corner for animals. Thanks to widespread awareness about animal protection.
And in one such act of kindness, the country has got its first-ever elephant memorial to remember all those elephants who lost their lives to the brutality of humans. The memorial has been inaugurated on the Agra-Mathura highway on Friday at a facility developed by Wildlife SOS, an NGO.
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The memorial consists of 5 stones that display names of elephants, Champa, Sita, Mohan, Lakhi and Luna, who had died to human brutality. The stone commemorates the departed souls.
“These elephants suffered from a very disturbed past and Wildlife SOS has given them the opportunity to enjoy the life that they truly deserved,” K Praveen Rao, Additional Principal Chief Conservator in Uttar Pradesh Forest Department said.
The motive behind setting up these memorials is to make people aware of the rights of animals. This would certainly inspire people to develop a warm heart towards these harmless souls so other of similar kind don’t end up with a similar fate.
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To recall, one of the oldest elephant memorials was established in 1885 in the USA. The memorial has been dedicated to an elephant named Jumbo, which was tragically killed in a train accident.