Sri Lankan elephant Kaavan spent years within the miserable conditions of Pakistan. On Friday, an eight-member committee of experts recommended sending Kavaan the elephant to the 25,000-acre wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia.
Kaavan has been the most attraction at Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad for the last a few years . The wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia might be an appropriate area for relocation and retirement of elephant ‘Kaavan’ after being a source of joy to thousands of youngsters visiting him over the last several years.
In the 1980s, Kaavan came to Pakistan and therefore the poor animal was chained for a really while . However, in 2016, the Wildlife NGO’s began a movement to free the elephant. It brought him to the limelight together of the most important samples of violation of animal rights.
In May, Islamabad supreme court issued a decree to line him free and place during a sanctuary. Moreover, on June 9, the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) constituted an eight-member committee. They held this for the relocation of the elephant Kaavan and other animals of the Marghzar Zoo to another sanctuaries.
Moving Kaavan to an elephant sanctuary in Cambodia would allow him to interact with over 80 pachyderms within the Cambodian park. Not only this but he would even be under the care of wildlife experts.
The resentment over the treatment of Kaavan at the capital’s Islamabad Zoo went global several years ago. It accompanied a petition amassing quite 200,000 signatures after it emerged he was being chained up.
Furthermore, the Islamabad supreme court also criticized the zoo for failing to satisfy the animal’s needs for the past three decades.
Kaavan arrived as a one-year-old in 1985 from Sri Lanka . The Sri Lankan government sent him as a present to former dictator General Zia-ul-Haq. The zookeepers held him chained in 2002 as they were concerned about increasingly violent tendencies. However, they freed him later that year after an outcry.
In 1990, Kaavan’s mate Saheli also arrived from Bangladesh. Sadly, she died in 2012, and in 2015 it came to light that Kaavan has been regularly chained once more for a few of hours each day . clothed that after the death of his mate he began to distress.