Besides people in the West, the people of India often seem to be the only other people on earth who care for the preservation of wildlife.
I suppose it has something to do with the Hindu religion teaching that all life is sacred.
Public outrage has reportedly been growing in India over the deaths of the “jumbos” due to contact with electric wires.
These four elephants were electrocuted when they wandered into low-hanging wires surrounding a coffee farm.
The family – two adults and two juveniles – died instantly when they struck the tight wire near the plantation in the Kodagu district of south Indian state of Karnataka.
It comes after two other elephants died in similar circumstances earlier this month.
A source said: ‘The elephants which were foraging for fodder came into contact with the low-hanging wires and died on the spot.
‘While two of the elephants were adults, two appeared to be sub-adults.
‘The frequent deaths of the jumbos has angered the wildlife activists and general public alike.
‘They allege that the law makers representing the area don’t speak a word on this as these animals don’t form their vote bank.’
Locals said up to 200 elephants have been killed in this way in the last few years.
Forest department officials now plan to take up the issue with the Chamundeshwari Electricity Corporation Ltd (CESC) whi is understood to manage the wires.
Come on India. Get with it. Save the elephants. You are truly blessed by their presence, so give it all you’ve got to force your politicians to take action.
I would advise Americans to boycott Indian coffee until the problem is rectified, assuming the problem is associated with coffee plantations. I’m not sure where Indian coffee sold, but I suspect that Starbucks has it. I believe we get most of our coffee in the States from Mexico and Columbia.