Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Elephants retirement age is 65

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There is retirement age for humans in the jobs. But have you ever heard of retirement age for elephants? State government in Kerala State of India has introduced Rules by which Captive elephants used as labor, for joyrides and ceremonial occasions would retire at the age of 65. Government has taken this action after protests by animal rights activists against cruelty towards elephants. A standard meal menu for elephants has also been included.

Kerala Forest Minister Binoy Viswam disclosed the rules for the proper upkeep of captive elephants in the state. As per the rules elephants should not be made to do any hard physical tasks after reaching retirement age. But they could be engaged in light jobs if a veterinary surgeon certifies their physical fitness.

The rules also insist elephants should not be marched on tarred roads during the summer. The maximum distance to be covered a day is 30 kilometers. Use of heavy and sharp shackles should be avoided. The animals should also be kept at a safe distance from fireworks displays, Viswam said.

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