In a rare and exciting win for elephants, the Indian supreme court has ordered an oil company to tear down a wall they had built to keep elephants out of the forest they were drilling in.
The oil companies argument was that elephants wandering into their worksite frequently slowed down or halted their production. In other words, they built the wall to keep the elephants out.
Aside from the fact that the elephants were there first, the oil companies wall was contributing to fractured migratory patterns as the elephants movement was quite literally blocked by a wall.
The controversy was fierce and the legal battle wound its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. Their decision: the elephants take precedence.
In their ruling last week, the court had the following to say: “Elephants have the first right of the forest.”
We couldn't agree more.