Thiruvananthapuram: In order to ensure the strict implementation of the provisions of the Kerala Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules 2003, the principal chief conservator of forest has issued a 10-point guideline to forest personnel. As per the norms, torture of jumbos would attract non-bailable provisions of the law.
The move came in the wake of a study report by the Forest Department which revealed that as many as thirteen captive elephants died in the state last year due to lack of proper care. During the period, seven persons were also killed by captive jumbos.
• Prepare a list of elephants in each district that are forced to do heavy work and keep a close tab on them. Documents related to their transportation should be examined regularly.
• Elephants showing signs of 'musth' should be ensured proper rest.
• Meetings of the district-level committees on management and maintenance of captive elephants should be convened before and after each festival season in order to ensure the well-being of jumbos.
• Festival organisers who intend to engage elephants for parading need to be registered with the committee headed by the Divisional Forest Officer having jurisdiction in the area. If rules are found to be violated, animals would be confiscated.
• In order to obtain permission for parading elephants at festivals, approvals from four different departments will be necessary. Offenders will be booked within 30 days.
• Ensure that district-level committees on management and maintenance of captive elephants meet at least twice a year.
• Forest Department has the right to confiscate animals owned by repeat offenders.