India vice-captain Rohit Sharma reacted sharply to the killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala, saying no animal deserves to be treated with cruelty.
The news of the elephant dying after chewing on an explosive-filled pineapple fed to her in Malappuram has triggered a massive outcry across the country. With cartoonists poking the conscience of people, several on social media have condemned the act of human cruelty.
Rohit Sharma, who has been leading campaigns in association with the World Wildlife Fund to bring awareness about animal conservation in the country, said he is heartbroken’ by the death of the elephant in Kerala.
“We are savages. Are we not learning? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty,” Rohit Sharma wrote on Twitter.
We are savages. Are we not learning ? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 4, 2020
The pineapple exploded in the elephant’s mouth when she chomped on it, a senior forest officer in Kerala had said. The elephant’s jaw was broken and she was unable to eat after she chewed the pineapple.
The injured animal stood in Velliyar River where id died on May 27. The forest officer said post mortem revealed that the elephant was pregnant.
‘Let’s treat our animals with love’
Earlier on Wednesday, India captain Virat Kohli said it’s high time humans put an end to the ‘cowardly acts’ while sharing a cartoon of a pregnant elephant.
“Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let’s treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts,” Kohli said.
India football team captain Sunil Chhetri also reacted sharply to the killing of the elephant, questioning the evolution of human beings.
“She was a harmless, pregnant Elephant. That makes the people who did what they did, monsters and I hope so hard that they pay a price. We keep failing nature over and over again. Remind me how we’re the more evolved species?” Chettri wrote.
Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let’s treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts. pic.twitter.com/3oIVZASpag
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan promised strict action against the killers of the pregnant elephant, saying the forest department is probing the incident.
“Strict action will be taken against those who are responsible for killing the pregnant elephant. Forest department is probing the case and the culprits won’t be spared,” Pinarayi Vijayan said.