Sri Lanka bans ‘drink driving’ of elephants in new protection law

The Sri Lankan government has introduced a raft of new rules for the treatment of elephants as part of new animal welfare legislation. – EPA pic, August 21, 2021.

SRI Lanka will issue captive elephants with their own biometric identity cards and ban their riders from drinking on the job under a wide-ranging new animal protection law.

Many rich Sri Lankans – including Buddhist monks – keep elephants as pets to show off their wealth, but complaints of ill treatment and cruelty are widespread.

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