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Guruvayur Temple Elephants

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We are Hindus by birth and practice. We are all devotees of Sri Guruvayurappan. We are also proud that Hinduism exhorts the most divine principles like, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu, ultimately aiming at Universal Love, Harmony, and Happiness. Guruvayur Temple is having the largest collection of elephants, numbering more than 60, in private possession in the world; all donations from devotees. Apart from the way these majestic children of Mother Nature are treated, the very concept of using hapless animals for our prayers and poojas is disturbing and right in contrast to the above divine principles. However the use of bonded elephants in temple rituals and festivals became a practice and it may not be practical to stop it all of a sudden. This is to request to the authorities concerned that: 1. As an exemplary step, all elephants in excess of the minimum required for the daily poojas and rituals in Guruvayur Temple should be handed over to Elephant Sanctuaries maintained by the Government of Kerala, so that at lest a good number of them will be released from their shackles and they can once again enjoy their wild life. All the expenses required for the same should be born by the Guruvayur Devaswom as these elephants belong to Guruvayurappan. All the mahouts thus becoming excess should be absorbed in permanent service for Temple Security duties so that their services will not be misused by other elephant owners. 2. The remaining elephants will have more space in the Punnathur Ana Kota so that the present practice of tying them tightly on two diagonally opposite legs can be stopped. Each one of them can be tied to a single peg so that they will get some minimum freedom to move around the peg. 3. Also, these remaining elephants may be sent to the nearest Elephant Sanctuary for periods of 3 to 6 months, in rotation, for temporary release from their shackles and rejuvenation. All in service of Sri Guruvayurappan, Regards,

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This petition is sponsored by some like minded individuals who are Guruvayur Devotees. Most of them are members of a yahoo Group of Guruvayur Devotees though it is not sponsored by any group.

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  • Pete Scholes
    Pete Scholes United Kingdom, Manchester
    Aug 21, 2015
    Aug 21, 2015
    I visited this "sanctuary" last year as part of a Mercury Direct tour. We asked about all the chains and were told it was temporary to stop them fighting while they were in musth. We left feeling uncomfortable but tried not to judge other cultures. I've just read an article in the Sunday Mail about this place and I'm disgusted that I may have helped to perpetuate these practices.
  • Kathy Kahn
    Kathy Kahn United States, Waunakee
    Aug 16, 2015
    Aug 16, 2015
    I don't know of any faith that would abuse animals in the least but to do what they do to these great creatures endowed to us by our creator, endure is inexcusable and makes a mockery out of all faiths. All faiths teach love and kindness towards one another, tolerance and caring for the earth. This torture hurts so many hearts and souls.
  • Catherine
    Catherine Ireland, Dublin
    Aug 16, 2015
    Aug 16, 2015
    Unbelievable cruel and heartbreaking. There is no humanity in this world when things like this ate happening.
  • Vicky Cole
    Vicky Cole United Kingdom, Leeds
    May 04, 2014
    May 04, 2014
    I'm not a Hindu but share their belief in stopping suffering, seeing animals tortured and shackled is heartbreaking > It also leads to elephants being so frustrated they try to break free hurting people http://www.hindu.com/2008/04/24/stories/2008042453620400.htm
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