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Anayoottu: animal task force sends petition to PM, AWBI

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The Thrissur-based Heritage Animal Task Force has sent a complaint to the Prime Minister and the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) against organisers of the anayoottu , in connection with an incident in which three elephants ran amok creating panic in the city on Friday.

In the complaint, P.K. Venkitachalam, the secretary of the task force, alleged that the anayoottu was conducted violating the Kerala Captive Elephants (Management & Maintenance) Rule 2003.

“More than four dozen elephants were paraded inside the temple compound, when only three elephants are permitted according to the rule. Proper distance (four metre) between the elephants was not maintained during the ritual. The elephants were brought from other districts without permission. The mahouts were also using anathotti (weapon with metal hook at the end),” he alleged.

The task force sought action against anayoottu organisers and Temple Welfare Committee in the incident.



“More than four dozen elephants were paraded inside the compound, when only three elephants are permitted.”



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