Release ‘Myan Kumara’ to the wilds petitioner tells Court of Appeal
• IGP has failed to perform his duties over a complaint urging to take necessary legal action under Sections 2 and 3 of the Prevention of cruelty to Animals Ordinance.
A writ petition has been filed in the Court of Appeal seeking an order directing the authorities to release the baby elephant named “Myan Kumara” to UdawalaweElephant Transfer Home from the Bellanwila Temple until he is released back to the wild.
The petitioner stated that the baby elephant MyanKumara (Myan Prinve) was donated to the BallanwilaTemple by the Myanmar government in 2013.
This petition had been filed by Attorney-at-law Nagananda Kodituwakku naming Director General of Wildlife Conservation Department, the IGP and the Chief Incumbent of the Bellanwila Temple as respondents.
The petitioner states the elephant calf lives a chained life tied tightly to a tree and a video has recently surfaced of him being beaten by his mahout cruelly.
The petitioner said that the second respondent IGP has failed to perform his duties over a complaint urging to take necessary legal action under Sections 2 and 3 of the Prevention of cruelty to Animals Ordinance.
The petitioner stated on or around January 2020, the government of Myanmar had appealed to Sri Lanka to stop the abuse of this elephant.
The Myanmar Embassy in Colombo also asked the Sri Lanka authorities to punish those who persecuted the elephant as seen in videos uploaded on the social media, the petitioner further added.
This petition is to be taken up for support on March 8.