'Humanity failed again': Artists, common man join chorus against horrific elephant killing

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jun 04, 2020, 01:31 PM(IST)

Sand art paying tribute to the killed pregnant elephant Photograph:( Twitter )

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A few days ago, a pregnant elephant lost her life after she was fed with a pineapple full of firecrackers 

Widespread anger erupted in India, with common people, central government, and celebrities speaking against the horrific killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala. 

A few days ago, a pregnant elephant lost her life after she was fed with a pineapple full of firecrackers. 

Prominent sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik made his trademark sand art on a beach at Puri in eastern India to pay his tributes to the deceased animal. He shared his artwork on social media, which said, "Humanity has failed again". He further said that his latest artwork is for a cause to save elephants. 

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The post immediately went viral, with over 56,000 likes and more than 10,000 retweets.

Earlier today, the Central government also took cognizance with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar saying that the Central government has taken a "serious note" of the incident. 

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"We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed firecrackers and kill," Javadekar said in a Twitter post. 

BJP MP and environmental activist Maneka Gandhi slammed the state government of Kerala for the incident. She further said that one elephant is killed in Kerala in every three days. She also expressed her concern over the declining population of elephants in the country. 

Kerala's Forest Minister K Raju told news agency ANI that strict actions would be taken against culprits who did this act. 

One of India's prominent industrialist Ratan Tata on Twitter wrote: "Such criminal acts against innocent animals are no different than acts of meditated murder against other humans". 

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"Justice needs to prevail," he added.

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Film star Akshay Kumar also slammed the inhumane act and comedian Kapil Sharma endorsing the petition demanding justice for the elephant. 

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In social media too, users expressed their grief and anger on the incident, with words like "cruel humanity", "end of humanity" being used widely. 

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