Animal cruelty continues at Chitwan Elephant Festival

KATHMANDU: Elephants continue to be beaten and treated harshly at the Chitwan Elephant Festival.

In a press release, animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Asia has revealed that extreme cruelty continued to take place at the elephant polo and football "games" of the festival that recently concluded.

Despite claims by festival organisers that they’ve put measures in place to stop the cruelty, PETA has documented, over the last week, handlers relentlessly beating elephants with sticks and bullhooks at the festival.

FILE - Elephants at the elephant festival in Sauhara, Chitwan. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT
FILE - Elephants at the elephant festival in Sauhara, Chitwan. Photo: Skanda Gautam/THT