This is why animals should not be in entertainment. An elephant named Kunju, gored its mahout (elephant driver) Aandavan, 51, to death in Charpa last night. It then ran amok and was brought under control.
“The film crew and tourists watched the incident. Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and the director were shifted to an inspection bungalow of the Forest Department,” said Kanichayi Baby, production manager of the film. “They remained there for a few hours till the commotion that followed the incident died down. Contrary to reports that appeared in the media, no member of the film crew was trapped in the forests.”
Animal welfare activists alleged that the elephant was used for film shooting, while the production unit maintained it was not.
The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) asked the Kerala Forest Department on Thursday to inquire into the incident and submit a report.
“Pre-shoot permission and post-shoot no-objection certificates from AWBI are mandatory for featuring animals in films,” said D. Rajasekar, AWBI secretary.
The Kerala Elephant Lovers’ Association demanded action against the producers for allegedly violating the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules of 2001.
There is no clear indication why the animal went crazy but reports are surfacing that the elephant was carrying too many people. Nice to see so many animal rights activists in India. Aishwarya is a huge animal lover.