Mumbai, April 17: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA) India has filed a Right to Information Request with the Ministry of Railways asking the ministry about action taken to protect elephants who are killed in train accidents.
Earlier in February this year, PETA had written to Mr. Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Honourable Minister of Railways urging him to take actions to save Indian Railways mascot elephant "Bholu's" real life friends in the wild.
Elephant herds migrate long distances in search of food, this allows the vegetation to regenerate after the herd passes through an area. The matriarch leading the herd follows traditional migration routes, which may have been in use for centuries. The presence of railways in protected areas around the country has caused death of wild elephants through accidents.
Sadly, no suitable steps have been taken to protect these elephants from criminal harm. "On the eve of the 150th year of India Railways Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee the then Prime Minister of India released 'Bholu,' the elephant, as the mascot of railways, ironically the India Railways has become the reason for deaths of many of 'Bholu's' real life friends in the wild. The ministry must take action to protect 'Bholu's' real life friends in the wild" says PETA Indias Chief Functionary Anuradha Sawhney.
Recently, a baby elephant was hit by a train, dragged 900 metres and torn into pieces near the Shikari train crossing in Rajabhatkhawa.
According to a media reports, since 2004, 10 elephants have died after being hit by trains on the Alipurduar Junction-Siliguri line.