Although fun to visit and ride animals who are part of tourist attractions throughout the world, do you really know what the animal has been through or is going through during your time of enjoyment? In the case of elephants and many other animals who arrive at markets and tourist destinations in India, are sadly living miserable lives. India hosts 2 major attractions that bring both locals and pilgrims from Asia as well as traveling tourists from all over the world.
One of India's most famous festivals for locals and visitors from Asia is the The Sonepur Mela. This festival involves a massive gathering of people, from all over Asia, who come together to attend whats known as the largest cattle fair and animal trade, located in Sonepur, India. Lasting between 15 days to a month and typically held in November, animals including wildlife are famously sold and traded, many of them, illegally, and behind closed doors. The gathering promotes this illegal trading, selling and buying of animals and wildlife who are unfailingly sold and traded year after year disregarding legal aspects and provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, which bans commercial trading of certain species of animals.
Lined up for display, animal "owners" chain and bind the cattle, horses, camels and elephants to the ground with iron ankuses which restrain the animals using chains or hobbles with spikes and sharp edges which dig into the elephants legs and grounding rods to restrain them and keep them from moving even an inch. The animals are forced to stand, restrained in their excrements and filth, for days or until sold or traded out of their possession. Elephants with obvious and apparent ailments are given no sympathy, care or attention, they are simply for show and profit. Sellers garner their elephants with heavy and unnecessary embellishments, causing even more mental and physical agony.
Elephants tightly bound to poles and trees, day in and day out, or until sale or trade.Animal Recovery Mission