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150 elephants in captivity in Karnataka
Source: The Times of India on 1 Jan 2008Bangalore: A study of captive elephants shows that a large number are maltreated in bondage across the state. More than 140 Asiatic
elephants, which come under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, are in captivity in Karnataka.
More than 50 elephants are forced to walk from Kerala to Karnataka every couple of months to haul timber. Many are old, ill and unkempt. On December 23, a captive elephant was stung by bees at a private farm in Mudigere Post, Chikmagalur, while hauling material. The business of captive elephants is flourishing in both states. The recent report, `Welfare and Management of Elephants in Karnatka in Captivity', studies their current state and what led to it.