A temple in Kerala has switched to a life-sized robotic elephant in a nod towards ditching the customized of deploying captive animals throughout festivals and rituals. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India together with actor Parvathy Thiruvothu stepped in as sponsors to donate the ₹5 lakh price ‘robot elephant’ to Irinjadappilly Sree Krishna Temple in Thrissur. Constructed with an iron body and rubber coating, the mechanised ‘animal’ weighs 800 kg and is round 11-foot-tall.
“JUMBO NEWS! Kerala’s Irinjadappilly Sree Krishna Temple will use a lifelike mechanical elephant to perform rituals, allowing real elephants to remain with their families in nature,” the official Twitter deal with of PETA India wrote.
Christened ‘Irinjadappilly Raman’, the ‘elephant’ even underwent the customary ritual – ‘Nadayiruthal’ – of providing animals to the temple gods. The animal was decked in decorative coverings for the ceremony, just like the induction of an actual elephant.
The ‘mahout’ or operator can function the trunk of the robotic, which comes with 5 electrical motors, with a swap. The animal rights organisation hailed the initiative of ‘cruelty-free festivals’ that encourages the rehabilitation of captive elephants.
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With the power to hold 5 individuals at a time, the machine was created by artists based mostly in Thrissur, who’ve been engaged in producing elephant statues for the procuring competition in Dubai.
“Indian film actor Parvathy Thiruvothu sent her support to PETA India in presenting this innovative solution that will spare real elephants a life in which they are taken away from their families and forest homes, deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, and kept constantly chained, lame, and lonely,” PETA stated in a assertion. Requesting everybody to petition the state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to ban the industrial use of the animal, it additionally added Heritage Animal Task Force information of elephants, annoyed from captivity, killing practically 526 individuals in a span of 15 years in Kerala.
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Temple priest Rajkumar Namboothiri, in an announcement quoted by Indian Express, stated that the temple determined to forgo hiring captive elephants owing to its exorbitant charges and rising incidents of animals turning violent. He urged different temples to additionally comply with swimsuit.
On Sunday, PETA had despatched a pretend fur coat to popstar Rihanna after she sported a supposedly actual one, exhorting her cease utilizing animal-based merchandise.
Source web site: www.hindustantimes.com