The world renowned Trissur Pooram kicks off from April 29-30. More than 100 male elephants will be trucked in and displayed on the famous Thekkingkaadu Maidaan, in the heart of Trissur city. They will be transported from all across Kerala to the state's cultural hub, and paraded day and night, forced to stand for 36 straight hours, most of the time beneath the scorching sun.
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A temple elephant that has been paralyzed by torture with a banned weapon is fighting for his life. His handler reportedly tied a knife to a nine-meter long pole and inflicted serious injuries on his...
For the Love of Elephants is a feature-length documentary film in the making, an expose revealing the dark side of Kerala's glamorous cultural festivities that exploit captive elephants for profit, and the abhorrent torture these supremely gentle and intelligent animals suffer.
Elephants, those gentle giants, are one of the most majestic, intelligent and fascinating animals. In India alone, there are more than 3,000 captive elephants. In Kerala, festivals run from November through May, with May unravelling the most spectacular display of the majestic elephants to entertain people, but the most torturous season for these animals.
My friend "T" always talks about how once a year he enjoys re-reading The Count of Monte Cristo -- which describes a man who is wrongly imprisoned and then makes a daring escape. T. is also a prisoner inside his own head. He suffered a traumatic head injury. What does this have to do with diet and exercise? Everything.