Keeping an elephant captive in India just got a whole lot harder... and that's a really good thing for elephants.
After an increasing number of elephants have died in captivity due to treatable illnesses, dehydration and malnutrition, India's Forest Department Principal Chief Conservator rolled out new protocol.
Owners of captive elephants in India will now have to follow three new standards:
- Check-ups every 6 months. Blood tests to rule out treatable diseases as well as examinations of each elephant's teeth and hooves.
- Stricter diet standards. According to Indian outlet Mathrubhumi, "Elephants above the age of 15 should be given 3 kilograms of rice, 4 kilograms of wheat, 3 kilograms of ragi, 500 grams of horse grain, 500 grams of green gram, 100 grams of salt, 10 grams of turmeric power, 150 grams of jaggery, 150 grams, 150 grams of mineral mixture and 250 kilograms of leafy greens including palm and coconut leaves and grass every day."
- As well as general wellness checks to ensure that standards are being met.
If owners are not meeting the standards, the elephants could be taken from them altogether.