Here it is. I am sending it again Wondrous ways of the elephant

Elephants understand everything we say, provided it is put simply. They are in many ways more human than us; yet we treat them shabbily

This happened at the Addo National Elephant Park in South Africa in December 2010. A herd of elephants was out taking the air, and doing some foraging, when a baby elephant became a trifle adventurous. Breaking away on its own, exploring the land around, it slipped and fell into a small depression where it got stuck. Hearing his/her piteous cry, all the mama elephants rushed to the rescue. It was a difficult lift but they managed after a while with powerful pulls and pushes by their trunks. As the exhausted baby lay on its belly with four legs spread out in four directions, the mama elephants gathered all round rebuking him/her just as elderly relatives of a family would collectively berate a young boy or girl whose misguided quest for excitement had led to the jettisoning of discretion and trouble.

The event provided yet another reminder of the immensely strong mutual ties that bind elephants and how humane the latter are. Taking an elephant away from a herd and bringing him/her to a distant place to labour for a human master, causes him/her intense sorrow born of loneliness and haunting memories of old ties that have been severed.

This is particularly so because elephants have long memories that transcend species. They remember acts of kindness and the people behind them. The story of Lawrence Anthony, the Elephant Whisperer, who was a wildlife conservationist, environmentalist and best-selling author, and the herd of seven elephants he took into his reserve, Thula Thula in Zululand, South Africa, is well-known. The damage they had been causing to crops and villages, breaking out again and again from confinement, had enraged people who were determined to kill them. Requested to take them in by the authorities, Lawrence agreed as he knew they would otherwise die. Exceptionally clever behemoths, they posed a major problem for Lawrence.

He adopted the strategy of arriving at the spot whenever they seemed getting ready to break through, and stood before them arguing and pleading with them not to leave, as certain death awaited them outside with groups of hunters and poachers were waiting with guns ready. Gradually, the elephants understood that he was a caring friend, and a deep bond grew between Anthony and them, so much so that a most remarkable thing happened when he died after a heart attack in March 2012. The herd, which now had 29 elephants, was at the other end of the reserve when tragedy struck. Yet, coming to know of the event — it remains unexplained how — they gathered in front of the house and stood silently — almost as if keeping vigil — for two days and then dispersing.

Many more such events can be cited. My grandmother, Punyalata Chakraborty, once narrated a story from the days when under the “Sunset Law”, the Government confiscated and auctioned a land if revenue was not paid before sunset on a specified date. A zamindar, in what was then East Bengal, found on arrival at the treasury that the sack containing the money for revenue payment had disappeared. A thorough search some distance down the road to the treasury drew a blank. He was in trouble; because it was too late to somehow put together the money and bring it over to the treasury. Facing disaster, he stood crying before his beloved elephant, stroking her trunk and saying that he would now have to part with her perforce. The elephant listened and, perhaps getting a hang of what it was about, opened her mouth. The sack fell out! Of the various conjectures, the one that became a consensus was that the sack had fallen from her back, on which the zamindar and the mahout sat, somewhere down the road to the treasury. The zamindar did not notice it, but she did and had picked it up and had perhaps thought of carrying it all the way back home and drop it there before she had changed her mind seeing the zamindar’s distress.

Did she understand what the zamindar was saying? One does not know. I was, however, an eyewitness to an incident in a South African game sanctuary some time ago. Travelling in a car, we had run into a herd of elephants that did not recognise the vehicle and were taken by surprise. As they glared suspiciously, the ranger accompanying us, a young woman by the name of Antia, began talking to the matriarch calmly in Africkaans, as if she was explaining a matter to a fellow human being. The matriarch listened intently and led the herd away after Antia had finished.

Curious, I had Antia at the end of the drive as to what she had told the matriarch. She replied, “I just said, Mamma, you know us. We go about the sanctuary every day and never have we caused the slightest harm to you or your babies. So, please go your way. You have nothing to worry about.” Then she added, “Elephants understand everything we say, provided it is put simply. They are in many ways more human than us. And, yet, we treat them so horribly.”

(The author is Consulting Editor, The Pioneer. The views expressed are personal.)

Stray Animals eat Garbage in East Delhi; Dogs relocated in Kudachi, Karnataka

12 FEB 2022 — 

The previous post was about the insensitive and apathetic policies of the Municipal Corporation. That is how the EDMC  is converting the leftover food and green vegetables into manure while thousands of stray animals are going hungry on the streets of Delhi.

Khichdipur is a colony in East Delhi where people from low-income groups live. At the outskirts, one can find clusters of slum dwellings as well. Right across there is a hospital by the name of Lal Bahadur Shastri and an MCD office. The people living in this area are not aware of the ABC program. The dog population is quite high and stray cattle roam on the streets. Both dogs and cattle look for food in the garbage. But unfortunately, they find nothing much to eat there. They are often seen eating dirty, stale and rotten things including plastic (pic in the post). 

Just half a kilometre away the EDMC has installed composting machines to convert leftover food and vegetables into manure. Nothing can be more inhuman, absurd and foolish than this. 

Just what kind of policies are our municipal corporations making? They are so blind to the suffering and pain of our stray animals. The food which is being converted into manure could be used to feed these hungry souls. The money which has been spent on the installation of composting machines could be used to install food stations for these stray animals. 

The municipal corporation could sensitize people of the area about the ABC program and in getting the dogs of the area sterilized. The residents in this area hardly know about the ABC program.  The dogs are just multiplying and their numbers increasing. In the entire east Delhi, there are only two ABC centres and both are overloaded. 

Shanti (M+918929307936) a resident of Mayur Vihar and a caregiver herself could not see the plight of young puppies and dogs who were surviving on the garbage of Kichdipur. According to her, more than twenty puppies live on the pile of garbage (Pic in the post). In dirt and filth as if already dead. Many being trampled over by the cows who also stay there.  Shanti saw more than forty unsterilized dogs there. So-called the nearest ABC centre in Gazipur to get the dogs picked for sterilization but they refused to say that they are not free. So she took the help of the PFA Founder and Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi who called the ABC centre and arranged for the pickup. In a span of just a week, Shanti got 20 dogs sterilized. She sent dogs in two batches of ten dogs each. The last batch she sent was on 10th February 2022. 

Just across the garbage area is the MCD office. Wonder what do these officials do? Don't they see the hungry cows and dogs? Don't they see the unsterilized dogs and their uncontrolled population? 

What if Shanti had not got the dogs sterilized? Their population would have continued multiplying. The residents of Khichdipur are not aware of the ABC, hence the dogs are just multiplying. 

When will our municipal corporations create awareness about the ABC program? When will they stop wasting money on projects which do more harm than good to our street animals? 

Delhi needs more ABC centres than composting machines. 

In Kudachi Belgaum district in the state of Karnataka, the dogs are being relocated. In the absence of the ABC centre, the corporation is controlling the population by throwing the dogs out of Kudachi. 

Will someone ask these insane administrators that by relocating the dogs how are they controlling dog population?  Won't the dogs multiply anyhow? 


Entrusting the ABC program in the hands of the municipal corporations was the biggest mistake 

EDMC convert left over vegetables & food into manure while street animals go hungry

Residents of Mira Road, Mumbai have got their boundary walls painted with pictures of compassion towards animals. The painter who was painting the walls told the reporter how important animals are for our society and that we should give food and love to our street animals. Instead of throwing the excess food in the garbage we should give the food to the street animals. Kindly go on the link below to watch the fantastic initiative taken by the Mira Road Residents. This is indeed one of the best ways to create awareness in our Indian society.


The municipal corporation of Delhi has also got the walls of Delhi painted but the message is only about cleanliness drive. To keep our city clean. There is nothing wrong with the cleanliness message but why can't the corporation put such information which people of Delhi are ignorant about. The message about kindness towards street animals, the ABC program and the animal laws. This is what people do not know in Delhi.

While Mumbai people are encouraging people to give the leftover food to the street animals the Delhi Govt is telling them to convert the leftover food into manure. They have installed machines to make compost manure out of the leftover food. The green vegetables which are thrown and are left by the vegetable vendors and residents are being picked up and brought to these machines and the same are converted into manure.

There are thousands of cattle both on the streets of Delhi and in animal shelters who need food. Hungry cows, bulls and calfs are often seen in the garbage bin eating trash in the city of Delhi. 

Cow dung is a good source of manure which India has in plenty. So why do we Indians need to make manure out of fresh green vegetables?

Well, composting machines may be of use for other waste products but not vegetables and food which may have been used for these animals. The govt instead of installing composting machines in residential areas should have done a better job by encouraging people of residential colonies to give their leftover green vegetables and food to street animals like cats, dogs and cows.

And as usual, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has again taken a lead in this most insane endeavor. They just can't see the street animals who go hungry, especially the cows who survive on the leftover food and vegetables....unfortunately their food is being used to make manure. What a tragedy.


The pic in the post is of an East Delhi residential colony where a composting machine has been installed. Everyday leftover vegetables are brought from the vegetable market and put in this machine. The vegetable which could have become the food for cattle is, unfortunately, being converted into manure.

Is this giving any revenue to the govt?  Most likely not. The cost of running this most insane project must be in lakhs. The machine cost, the installation cost, the manpower cost, the transportation cost of getting the vegetables from the market to the machine and then the preservation and packaging of the manure. 

It's time the municipal corporation of Delhi and the Delhi Government start thinking about the animals of Delhi too. Think of sensible, workable and beneficial projects which benefit both the people and animals of Delhi. 

Chief Minister of Delhi 

Twitter @CMODelhi

East Delhi Municipal Corporation 

Twitter @OfficialEdmc

Animal Welfare Board of India 

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Delhi Police standing order against cruelty to animals 31/2010

Please find Delhi Police standing order against cruelty to animals 31/2010



Dog killed in Bhopal; Pups relocated in Delhi; Delhi dogs in Govt residential area go hungry;

11 APR 2021 — 

A dog was beaten mercilessly and then strangled to death by a rope tied to his neck (pic in the post). This incident took place in Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. 


A mother dog is howling and crying for her lost puppies. She is looking for them everywhere. But some devils have taken her pups and dumped them to die. This has happened in Pitampura, Delhi. The caregiver is looking for the pups everywhere but the problem is that no one knows who committed this sin. This act is not only sinful but also illegal. People have no humanity left in them but there is also no fear of law either. The problem is that people don't even know this law that relocation of dogs is an offence. To watch the poor mother cry for her babies kindly go on the link below:


Amul van has crushed a dog in broad daylight under its wheels. They could have easily avoided the accident but they deliberately ran over him. Amul is a world famous brand for dairy products right from milk to ice creams. It is one of the biggest cooperatives in India and that too one making good profits. But just see how pathetic is the attitude of Amul transporters. They don't have the basic courtesy of driving in a decent manner. While their livelihood depends on cows and buffaloes but just see their attitude towards the street animals. These transporters didn't even bother to check on the victim.dog.  Whether he died or not died was none of their business. No guilt and no remorse. The good news is the accident got recorded in the CCTV camera and the Ghaziabad PFA president Surbhi Rawat has filed an FIR against the culprits.


The least Amul company can do is teach their employees empathy towards animals. After all they get their salary and run their families because of Indian cattles. 

Just watch another accident victim in Aurangabad, Maharashtra whose jaw is broken. 


Shouldn't the transport department and ministry both at the centre and state level put boards on roads and highways requesting people of India to drive carefully? Also telling them that killing an animal under the wheels is a legal offence.  

Sewa Nagar in South Delhi had govt employee residential flats. Now the govt is demolishing those flats and making news ones or may be renovating the old ones but the problem is that the people residing in those flats have all left the flats and gone elsewhere. The problem is now for the dogs who used to depend on those residents for their food and water. This is the message which has gone viral on social media:

This is what the reporter  (M- +91 80767 xxxxx) a WhatsApp group had posted:

*SOUTH DEHLI KE VOLATAR SE HATH JOD KAR � request hai SEWA NAGAR MAI KOI feeding kara sakta h to vaha ke dog bahut bhuk se paresan h kyu ki vaha government flat ka new construction ka kaam chal raha hai aur sab vahan Se Ja chuke hain to please vahan agar koi dog ko khana De sakta hai to plz ek time ka plz ap sab se hath jod kar � dil se request h meri"

Shouldn't the urban development ministry made provisions for these voiceless animals before getting the houses vacated or atleast communicated this negative impact of theyr decision on.the fauna to the ministry of Animal Husbandry???? And what is the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying doing? Are they even aware about this situation?  For these animals too it is the caregivers who are under stress and trying to find some solution. 

RWA president of a residential society of Ghaziabad had ordered the society guards to relocate a dog. The PFA Gaziabad president Surbhi Rawat caught the guards red handed and stopped the relocation. She had given a written complaint against the RWA president. Such presidents should be suspended from their posts from immediate effect. They are neither humane citizens nor law abiding citizens.  This incident took place in the month of January 2021


In Karnal some human devils deliberately broke a temporary bridge which was made by caregivers for feeding the dogs. This is a non residential.area but still there are human devils who enjoy troubling the animals and the caregivers. They enjoy the dogs being starved to death. 


From what we see is that all Indian.ministries are doing their jobs, right from transport ministry to urban development ministry. Highways are being built and roads are being built so.also new buildings are being constructed and renovated but what about the ministries which are entrusted with the job of animal welfare. What kind of welfare is happening for animals in India one just fails to.understabd? 

People of India are becoming cruel day by day.  There is no amendment of animal.laws yet and the ABC program for controlling the dog population is just on paper because everyday dogs and pups are being relocated. That's the way people of India are controlling dog population. Either by killing them or by relocating them. And if they can't do both then they like to starve the dogs to death and make the life of caregivers a hell.  In practical sense the ABC program is not being done in most parts of India and where it is being done it's done in the most random and unsystematic manner.  Delhi is the best example of it.