Excess elephants at Pinnawala to be given to individuals

Cabinet has granted approval to hand over some elephants at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage to individuals and religious places of worship under strict conditions.

The approval was granted on a proposal made by Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Gamini Jayawickrama Perera in order to address overcrowding at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

“Maintenance of the present number of 88 elephants in a restricted land area of 30 acres at Pinnawala has become a difficult task. Accordingly, the proposal made by Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to provide some elephants to individuals and religious places under definite conditions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers,” the government information department said.

Recommendations on issuing orders for providing elephants for peraheras, regularizing the registration of domesticated elephants and ensuring their protection was also approved by the cabinet. (Colombo Gazette)

9 COMMENTS

  1. Past eents have proven that giving an Ele. To a temple or to private citizen,
    Is usually free slave labor for the temple and poor treatment for the elephant

  2. Hello, you Buddhists please let the elephants go. Oh i forget you believe in KARMA it come back to you pretty soon in some way do not hesitate. You humans leave the beauty of the island alone.
    You all need to be distributed among people and use you for everything that you put an Elephant through.

  3. Yahapalanaya is unable to do Ali-Palanaya too. These parlimentarian’s stupidity has gone to its maximum. All should be dumped in Meethotamulla garbage pile.

  4. Monks will abuse these gentle giants and why can’t they release them to wild? Is the Cabinet so stupid? We can see the way they donate elephants to cold countries separating the baby from mother. The president and the prime minister do not care for animals. So stupid decision by cabinet

  5. I HOPE THE PEOPLE WILL KEEP THE ELEPHANTS HIGHEST INTERESTS AT HEART AND IN THE TREATMENT AND CARE OF THEM AT ALL TIMES. THEY WILL BE GUARDIANS AND MUST LIVE UP TO THIS.

  6. BAD IDEA! Wild elephants only belong in the wild and NOT in human hands where exploitation and manipulation for profit rule. SANCTUARY ONLY, no more false pretenses of religious anything, you are rude and selfish people and do not deserve mighty elephants anywhere near your land. SANCTUARY!!!

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