Action plan for tamed elephants
The Environment Ministry will soon formulate a national level action
plan with regard to tamed elephants so that their well-being is assured,
Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka
The new regulations which are to be encompassed(contained) in the
action plan will comply(fall in line) with international conditions too,
the Minister told a gathering at the Kotte Raja Maha Vihara after
opening the sacred relic exhibition which was held at the conclusion of
the temple's 108th annual perahera.
There are many instances of tamed elephants being ill-treated by
their owners. Despite unplanned development which created a
non-conducive environment for these giants, the elephant population has
doubled during the last decade.
However, there are only 137 tamed elephants in the country out of
which only 27 are tuskers, the Minister said. The Ministry is
distributing tusks in the possession of the Wildlife Conservation
Department to the Maha Nayakas and temples.
The Minister also provided bins to ensure proper garbage disposal in
the temple under the Ministry's Pilisaru garbage management project.