A Festival Costume Hides The Emaciated and Starved Body of Elephant Who Has Now Collapsed
It is a weird world that we live in where religions that preach non-cruelty and advocate non-violence against all living beings are observed with rituals using animals to the point of making them suffer the worst possible plight. One biggest example is Tikiri a 70-year-old emaciated elephant whose ordeal has gone viral and all in the name of religion. Tikiri is an elephant forced to work relentless during Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka. Her malnourished body is hidden by festival and ritual robes so people can’t see the biter reality.
1 She is old and fragile, yet made to work
Tikiri is so old and fragile and is repeatedly tortured by her owners presumably a temple in Sri Lanka. The elephant’s emaciated body is hidden by the heavy drapes of festival clothing and costumes. She is shackled every night at the Perahera Festival which is the grandest and oldest Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka.
2Her robes and costume hide her emaciated body
Tikiri is draped in elaborate robes that stretch right down to the floor. As such no one can even see the horror of how she looks. Her frail body has been scrubbed raw and she is one among sixty elephants who are literally tortured and forced to work for several nights in a stretch at the Esala Perahera, a Buddhist festival celebrating a religion that ironically preaches no cruelty to any living thing. It proves that perhaps religion teaches the right thing but men are hypocrites of the highest order and the so-called Buddhist priests and temple authorities condoning such acts are as deplorable as their hypocrisy.
3Elephants are the star attractions in festivals of Southeast Asia
Tikiri takes part in the festival held in Kandy, one of the largest cities of Sri Lanka. The star attraction at the festivals throughout Southeast Asia is elephants. Several of these elephants are kept in the worst possible conditions shackled by chains. They can be seen often swaying side to side a sure sign of stress.
4A foundation that came forward to highlight Tikiri’s plight
Tikiri’s plight is being highlighted by the Save the Elephant Foundation that has been set up by Elephant Whisperer Lek Chailert who has shared the most horrible photographs of the plight of Tikiri showing her emaciated body that looks thin and frail to the point of her ribs sticking out and raw skin on her trunk. Her bones are even protruding through her spine.