TreadRight is helping to support Wildlife SOS – India’s ‘Captive Elephants Welfare Project,’ which specifically addresses the problem of injured and sick elephants made to work in stressful and oppressive conditions. Their aim is to reach out to lone elephants, wounded and dehydrated on the streets, which do not have access to proper medical care. The project’s goal is to bring about change in the state of captive elephants in Delhi and other areas by providing veterinary support, with a long-term goal of ending the trafficking of wild elephants for captivity.
Wildlife SOS – India works closely with law enforcement officers, forest departments, and other enforcement agencies in order to help captive elephants. As it looks to build out its influence and ability to provide aid and assistance, the organization is in need of a permanent location where it can consistently educate, update and train enforcement agencies and staff about anti-poaching efforts, wildlife laws, dealing with human/elephant conflict situations, and proper elephant management.
“It is upsetting to know that these highly intelligent and emotional animals suffer for much of their lives in such distressing conditions,” remarks David Hosking, Director, TreadRight Foundation. “Fortunately, we’ve seen that Wildlife SOS – India works tirelessly to deliver a better life for these elephants. It is our privilege to be able to call them a TreadRight Wildlife Initiative partner and help ensure they can continue to carry out their inspiring and invaluable work.”
With the grant provided by TreadRight, Wildlife SOS – India will now be able to build a permanent Enforcement Training classroom at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura, Uttar, as well as outfit the centre with the necessary equipment.
"This partnership with TreadRight can make tourists aware of the plight of elephants in India. We believe awareness and education can change the lives of elephants because tourists, like in Jaipur, ride the elephants and paint them because they don't know that they are hurting the elephants or creating demand for poaching unintentionally. Once they do, they will not encourage such practices," said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder, Wildlife SOS.
Wildlife SOS – India will also work with TTC’s family of brands to help raise awareness about the potential harm captive elephant-related activities can have and what can be done to avoid unintentionally supporting wildlife trafficking.
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