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Originally Posted: March 19, 2012
Send a message to Sri Lankan officials, urging them to put an immediate end to the brutal treatment of Mihiri, and to ensure that no other elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is treated with such cruelty.
Sign an online petition:
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Embassy of Sri Lanka
2148 Wyoming Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008
phone (202) 483-4025
fax (202) 232 7181
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
IDA often learns of dire situations for elephants around the world, and with your help we have been able to make a difference for them. We’re now asking you to speak up for Mihiri, a seven-year-old elephant at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, who suffers multiple wounds believed to be the result of brutal training. Recent photos show gaping gashes on her feet and painful lesions on her face and head, likely caused by chaining and use of the bullhook.
Mihiri was born at Pinnewala, which cares for orphaned elephant calves from the wild and also breeds elephants. The elephants are habituated to humans and receive enough training so they can be managed. However, Mihiri’s training appears to be more intense and may indicate that she will be transferred to another site or even out of the country.
The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is owned and run by the Government of Sri Lanka, under the same management as the national zoo. Though popular with local and foreign tourists, the orphanage has come under fire from Sri Lankan environmentalists and animal welfare groups concerned with the transfer of elephants to private parties at whose hands they have suffered horrible deaths due to beatings, malnutrition and being overworked.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!